By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

14th Nov, 2022 | 8:40pm

Sky Sports pundit outlines PGMOL mandate after Leeds United controversy v Tottenham

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…

Paul Robinson is struggling to be on the side of Leeds United amid the controversy that saw Harry Kane score a goal for Tottenham on Saturday.

Spurs won 4-3 against the Whites, who found themselves conceding a debatable goal when Clement Lenglet made contact with Illan Meslier as he tried to reach a cross.

Lenglet barged into Meslier as he tried to intercept the high ball, leaving the French goalkeeper on the deck behind the goal line.

As that happened, the ball fell to Kane, who then fired it into the back of the net.

Robinson has bucked the trend by failing to show for the goalkeepers’ union, saying that a new mandate given to referees suggests that they need to allow the game to flow more.

“It’s hard now because goalkeepers have a reputation of being over-protected and soft,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

Referees have been given a new mandate this year to be more lenient and if that happens anywhere else on the field, it’s not given as a foul.

Goalkeepers are over-protected and from a Leeds point of view, you want it.

But we’re in a contact sport and I can’t say I’m too defensive over it.

There were times in the game when you could argue about decisions but it wasn’t the referee’s decisions that cost Leeds, it was their poor defence.”

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in pursuit of a “phenomenal” Argentinean goal machine.