Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has delivered his verdict on the Patrick Bamford penalty incident from the Arsenal v Leeds United game on Sunday.
Bamford took a brilliant touch after a thrilling Leeds move with the score at 4-2.
He was taken out by two Arsenal players but referee Stuart Attwell waved the protests away and VAR didn’t overturn the decision.
Talking on Ref Watch on The Football Show (Monday, Sky Sports, 11.30am), Gallagher said, “I think no. If you look at the two players that come across, Bamford is slightly the wrong side and goes into them rather than the players going into him.
“I think the players are entitled to make that challenge. I think the referee is quite right to wave play on.”
Former footballer Sue Smith disagreed with Gallagher saying that the defenders impeded Bamford.
Graeme Souness also thought it was a stonewall.
Talking on the Sky Sports coverage of the game (Sunday, 6pm) he said, “I think it was a foul on Bamford. Big decisions have gone against them.
“No Arsenal player touches the ball. The last touch comes from Bamford. I’m sorry, he’s just been taken out by two players.”
On Match of the Day 2, even Arsenal legend Ian Wright thought Leeds were unlucky.
“Once he has got through I am thinking to myself, he [Cedric] has impeded him. That’s going to be a foul outside the box. I thought they’d give that.
“I think Leeds might feel hard done to because he was sandwiched but they didn’t give it.”
We think Bamford deserved the penalty. The two Arsenal players made no attempt to take the ball and took the striker out.
At that point in the game, at 4-2, the penalty would have got us right back in the game and we’d be confident that Leeds would have got something from it.
It would definitely be given as a foul anywhere else on the pitch. Why is it so different in the penalty area?
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