Gary Lineker and MOTD pundit react to penalty incidents in Leeds United win v Crystal Palace
Gary Lineker has suggested he thought it was the right call for Leeds United to get a late penalty in their win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
After watching a replay of the incident on the pitchside monitor, Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after Marc Guehi handled the ball late on at Elland Road.
Raphinha slotted the penalty away cooly and Lineker has suggested Guehi was in the wrong to be sticking his arm in the air at the corner kick.
Speaking on Match of the Day on Wednesday night, Lineker said: “You can’t put your hands up now, can you?”
In the first half, Pascal Struijk and Jordan Ayew came together in the Leeds penalty, leading to claims from Palace that they should have had a penalty.
However, Match of the Day pundit Ashley Williams feels Friend also got that penalty shout correct by not awarding anything.
He said: “It’s not a penalty for me, I think that’s weak.
“It would have been very harsh on Leeds if that was given. Jordan Ayew was looking for it and he goes down a bit soft.
“I’m glad really, I’m glad the referee didn’t give that because they’re the soft ones you don’t really want to see.”
Kevin was our Friend
Friend got his decisions spot on in the win over Palace.
While VAR did have to intervene for the Guehi handball, that’s what it is there for and you can understand why referees miss incidents like that when they happen in real-time speed.
It’s very clearly a handball as Guehi stuck his arm right up in the air and after a quick check on the pitchside monitor, Friend changed his mind and awarded the spot-kick.
There were no doubts, as was the case with Ayew’s penalty appeal too.
While Struijk did put his hands on Ayew, he barely did anything to influence the Palace forward going down.
He hit the deck way too easily, which was a relief because the Palace man had the better of Struijk for the entire first half before he was substituted off by Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds were not great on Tuesday but this weekend, we may see Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling return to the side after they played for the Under-23s on Monday.
If they do, that will be absolutely massive for Leeds.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has dropped a bombshell verdict on Bielsa’s short-term future at Leeds.