Dermot Gallagher: Leeds United did not deserve a penalty against Tottenham
Dermot Gallagher has weighed in with his opinion on the dismissed penalty incident during Leeds United clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The former Premier League referee has told Sky Sports’ Ref Watch that the visitors should not have had any, supporting VAR’s call not to penalise Harry Kane for handling the ball in the box.
A Leeds corner came across the Spurs area, and the Whites appealed for a penalty after Joe Gelhardt’s shot on the turn hit Kane’s arm.
Gallagher said: “It’s very close. He doesn’t see it coming. It’s come at speed. But without a doubt, his arms are by his side. He can’t cut his arm off. It’s there. It is the most natural position to be.
“In the Champions League, anything that strikes the arm is given. You look at that, where would you want him to put his arm. It’s in the most natural position.
“I think that’s the correct call. You don’t want to give penalties that people aren’t happy with.”
With both teams playing 1-1 at the time, Leeds would have loved to get such an advantage in order to get their third win of the campaign.
However, Kane’s arm was in a natural position and he was barely a yard away Gelhardt, so VAR got the call correct, and the visitors did not protest much afterwards.
Marcelo Bielsa did not talk about the incident after the game as the Whites lost fair and square in what was a game of two halves.
Leeds took the lead in the first-half through Dan James, but they were the second-best side in the second half.
Antonio Conte’s men played better and struck the goal thrice before finally getting an equaliser and a winning goal.
Leeds were unlucky to concede both goals the way they did, but they did not offer much in attack in the second half.
Clearly, injuries did not help as both Rodrigo and Raphinha were unavailable for the trip, and Bielsa will hope to have some of his injured stars back for next weekend’s trip to Brighton.
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