We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Chris Kavanagh was correct to overturn a late Leeds United penalty and a red card for Gabriel Magalhães against Arsenal on Sunday, according to Paul Robinson.
Leeds thought they had a last-ditch chance to equalise against the Gunners at Elland Road until VAR told Kavanagh to consult the pitchside monitor.
Kavanagh changed his mind, as a result, and gave Arsenal a free-kick for Patrick Bamford’s foul on Gabriel and downgrade the red card to a yellow card as the Brazilian defender barely touched Bamford with a petulant kick.
Robinson has accused Bamford of making the most of Gabriel’s kick at him.
“I think the referee called it right, in all honesty,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“We had a 40-minute delay because of a power cut and that showed us how much we rely on technology because of the number of times it was used in that game.
“There would have a lot of decisions that were potentially wrong because he overturned decisions he didn’t see on the pitch without the use of technology.
“It was vitally important we had that for the last incident as I think it was a foul by Patrick.
“He pushes Gabriel so what the referee has done is deal with it in two lots. He’s looked at the initial incident which was Patrick on Gabriel, which was a foul. And then he’s looked at the incident where he’s kicked out at Patrick.
“Yes, he’s kicked out but the contact was minimal. He’s realised there was hardly any contact there and Patrick made a lot of it.
“It wasn’t a sending off so in both ways, the referee got it right. I thought the referee handled the game very well.”
Leeds lost the game 1-0 with Bamford earlier missing a penalty and a couple of one-on-ones.
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