By Craig Scott

10th Feb, 2022 | 11:10am

Ex-FIFA official reacts to Ezri Konsa incident in Leeds United draw v Aston Villa

Ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett was impressed by Jarred Gillett’s performance as Leeds United drew 3-3 with Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

It was a thrilling match at Villa Park, in which Ezri Konsa was sent off for a second booking late on after hitting Illan Meslier with his elbow.

It was the correct call by the Australian referee, according to Hackett, who was impressed by his overall display in the middle.

“Watched Australian Jarred Gillett referee the Aston Villa v Leeds United game,” said Hackett via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night [9 February].

“So refreshing to see a referee put in a high work rate to deliver an accurate quality performance.

“Konsa can have no complaints about his two yellows. The advantage applied that lead to a goal – brilliant.”

After a football fan disagreed with Hackett’s opinion about Gillett’s performance, saying that the Aussie referee awarded too many fouls, the former Premier League and FIFA official was clearly stunned.

“Wow, Paul. Amazing how we see the same game so differently,” Hackett added.

“This is football and will take time out to see how you have reached your conclusions.”

Good display?

We’ve definitely seen worse referees than Gillett take charge of Leeds games this season with the Australian referee failing to find himself at the centre of a controversy at Villa Park.

Konsa had to be sent off. He was already booked and planted his elbow on Meslier’s face to try and stop the goalkeeper from quickly throwing the ball up the pitch.

If anything, it should have been a straight red card but the impact, for Leeds, would have been the same with the Villa defender shown his marching orders for the final stages of the game.

It got a bit scrappy towards the end and there were a lot of fouls and little scuffles but you must admit that Gillett did well to keep a handle on everything and stop tempers from properly boiling over.

Raphinha, Rodrigo and Ashey Young all got a bit wound up at the end, perhaps due to frustration that they weren’t winning and the recent bad blood between Leeds and Villa.

Either way, we agree with Hackett’s view on Gillett’s performance.

In other Leeds United news, this Leeds star was slammed for his performance by a BT Sport pundit last night.