By Craig Scott

4th Oct, 2022 | 7:40am

Ex-FIFA official details Stuart Attwell inconsistency as controversial footage emerges from Leeds United v Aston Villa

Stuart Attwell’s yellow cards were inconsistent as Leeds United drew 0-0 in a heated clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, according to Keith Hackett.

Luis Sinisterra received two bookings in the game with Attwell sending the Leeds winger, 23, off in the second half for blocking a free-kick being taken by Villa.

However, one Leeds fan has uploaded footage from the first half where Villa’s Leon Bailey avoided punishment for a cynical foul before booting the ball across the field of play despite knowing that Attwell had blown up for a free-kick.

Hackett feels Attwell got his game management wrong for Sinisterra’s second yellow card and also feels that Bailey should have been booked for his antics earlier in the game.

After seeing the footage on Twitter in a reply to a fan saying Attwell was “appalling”, the former Premier League and FIFA referee said: “Difficult game.

“Earlier intervention on the free kick could have avoided the second YC to the Leeds player.

“Inconsistent when he did not YC Leeds opponent for kicking ball away.

“I agree with your observation.”


Attwell’s performance on Sunday wasn’t great.

While we cannot disagree with the fact that Sinisterra’s red card was the correct decision as he did commit two bookable offences, the consistency just wasn’t there from the man in the middle.

While Leeds players were getting punished for simply breathing in the vicinity of Aston Villa’s skittish players, Steven Gerrard’s men seemed to be allowed far more freedom to bend the rules.

It led to an unbalanced contest.

Attwell either had to calm down with the bookings or start applying them consistently and Bailey, in that clip above, committed two yellow card offences.

One was for a clear trip on a Leeds player while the other one saw him boot the ball away.

Attwell was looking right at him. He knew the Villa winger knew the whistle had been blown.

All we’re asking for is consistency.

Sinisterra’s red card was dumb and we’ll miss him this weekend.

But Villa should also be without Bailey for their next match.

In other Leeds United news, Adam Forshaw has shared how Jesse Marsch tore into one player in front of everyone at traning.