By Pranav Shahaney

18th Oct, 2021 | 8:45pm

Alex Crook: Diego Llorente should have been sent off

Diego Llorente should have been sent off in Southampton’s 1-0 win over Leeds United on Saturday, claims Alex Crook.

The Spaniard attempted to block eventual match-winner Armando Broja’s strike in the second half, but in doing so, ended up making a pretty nasty-looking challenge on the Albanian.

He was shown a yellow card, but Crook, a journalist for talkSPORT, believes the card should’ve been of another colour.

Speaking on the talkSPORT Gameday podcast, he said: “I think under the laws of the game – it doesn’t matter that the ball was in the back of the net.

“The referee could still have sent him off, and therefore, should still have sent him off because, as you say, it was a dangerous tackle. So it has to go down as a refereeing error.”

Got away with one

Despite the laws being so blatant, referees still rely on their interpretation of the situation.

We thought that VAR would make things easier, but that’s certainly not happened.

Even though there are a number of officials looking at it from different angles, they still manage to be divided in their views.

Llorente was a lucky man not to see red on Saturday. It would have made what was already a bad afternoon for Leeds significantly worse.

This is a lesson for Llorente to avoid making such nasty challenges as not all referees will be as lenient as David Coote was on Saturday.

It’s also a wake-up call for Leeds as they’ve not enjoyed a good start to this season and are now facing the clear threat of relegation.

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