By Saikat Mandal

28th Feb, 2023 | 8:32pm

Alan Shearer reacts to first-half Leeds United controversy v Fulham live on BBC One

Alan Shearer has shared his reaction to a controversial incident in the first half between Leeds United and Fulham at Craven Cottage while commentating on the game live on BBC One.

The Whites made a strong start and Georginio Rutter, the club’s record-signing, thought he scored his first goal for the club after tapping in a rebound from Marek Rodak’s save, but it was disallowed.

January signing Weston Mckennie had given Harry Wilson a shove in the back and the goal was instantly ruled out.

Shearer says that the referee had a clear view of the incident and didn’t take long to blow the whistle.

“I think he (the referee) spots what he thinks is a push. You can see him blow straight away, can’t you? The referee has a really good view of it, sees it really early and he’s quick with his whistle,” said Shearer on BBC One (28 February, 08:02 pm).

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Rutter appeared to be in utter disbelief that the goal has been ruled out. 

The young striker joined from Hoffenheim in the January transfer window in a £36m deal, but he is yet to score for his new club.

Despite all the attacking moves, it’s Fulham who took the lead through a cracking goal from Joao Palhinha. It is arguably one of the best goals in the FA Cup this season. 

It’s a magnificent effort from Palhinha who won the ball 30-35 yards out and curled it past Illan Meslier into the side of the net. Meslier couldn’t move an inch because he wasn’t expecting it. 

Rutter is yet to settle down at his new club, but there are signs that he is gradually adapting. 

There is still a lot of time left in the game for Rutter to open his scoring account, and hopefully, Leeds will find a way to score. 

The Whites have looked solid under Javi Gracia, but you cannot do anything with such goals. 

In other Leeds United news, one of Gracia’s key decisions in his first game shocked a Sky Sports pundit, but it worked.

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