By George Overhill

3rd Apr, 2022 | 7:40am

Gary Lineker laughed at by BBC pundits for claim on late Leeds United controversy v Southampton

Gary Lineker felt that Leeds United should have been awarded a late penalty against Southampton for a foul on Joe Gelhardt.

The young striker looked to get to the ball ahead of Ibrahima Diallo before being barged to the turf in the closing stages of the 1-1 draw at Elland Road, but referee Anthony Taylor was not interested.

BBC host Lineker was pretty certain it should have resulted in a spot kick, despite Alan Shearer being unconvinced, and when the former Leicester man referenced a big decision in the Foxes game being overturned he was mocked by the Premier League’s record goal scorer and Micah Richards.

Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday night (2 April) Shearer answered whether it should have been given, saying: “I don’t think it was an absolute howler so probably not.”

Lineker argued: “But you’d think it’s one of those where if he’d have given it they definitely wouldn’t have turned it over though. I mean it looks a foul. It looks a penalty.”

Shearer remained unmoved and said: “Yeah I’m not sure it’s an absolute howler so I’ll go with it.”

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Referring to the decision to rule out Leicester’s winner at Old Trafford for a foul on the Manchester United defender Lineker said: “Neither was [Raphael] Varane’s.”

The Ex-Newcastle striker agreed and while he and former Manchester City man Micah Richards both laughed, the former full-back said: “Let it go Gary!”


It could have been three injury-time winners in succession and, assuming the penalty would have been scored, it probably should have been.

It is practically a cliché to make the argument but had that been a player from one of the top six sides in the Premier League it surely would have been given.

Chelsea scored a late winner against the Whites in December when an arguably softer penalty was given against Mateusz Klich.

Such is the upturn in fortunes after the wins over Norwich and Wolves, this decision likely won’t have such major ramifications.

If United were still deep in the relegation mire it could have been a complete scandal.

But three wins in a row would have possibly ended any doubt over remaining in the top flight so it still stings.

Overall it was a decent performance and seeing Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper come through successfully is a plus.

But despite the mockery of Richards and Shearer, Lineker was right that it could have been a lot more positive.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shared what Jesse Marsch had told him about potential upcoming striker signings.