Graeme Souness slams Daniel James as Jesse Marsch footage emerges in Leeds United v Chelsea
Graeme Souness slammed Daniel James for his “reckless” endangerment as he was sent off for Leeds United in their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night (11 May).
James, 24, was shown a straight red card by Anthony Taylor after a high challenge went in on Mateo Kovacic.
After reviewing the incident, Souness took aim at James for his dangerous tackle.
“It’s reckless,” said Souness on Sky Sports Main Event at half-time [11 May, 08:29pm].
“Yes, he gets the ball but he still catches the rest of Kovacic.
“We’ll see the bench from Leeds United complaining about it that he gets the ball. Yes, he gets the ball but he gets more of the player.
“That’s a dangerous tackle and that’s a red card.”
After being shown footage of Jesse Marsch looking at the incident again on his own pitch-side screen and then complaining to the fourth official that James got the ball first, Souness said: “No, no, no.
“In the heat of battle, he sees things differently. But I think he’ll reflect on that when he sees it later.
“Yes, he’s got the ball but he had momentum – and there’s a lot of it – and he got Kovacic as well as the ball. That’s a sending off.
“He’s endangered an opponent. That’s a red card.”
Definitely a red card
No one can argue against that being a red card.
While James did get the ball first, there’s not a law in the game where that overrides a dangerous challenge.
He lunged in and planted his studs high up on Kovacic’s leg.
And the Croatian midfielder had to go off injured minutes later.
Marsch did seem to change his tune about the incident after the game, admitting to Sky Sports that he’d been told it was a red card despite claiming he’d not seen the challenge himself.
Maybe the American doesn’t know that Sky Sports had footage of him looking at a tablet and reviewing what was more than likely the incident before shouting that James got the ball.
Marsch’s Leeds have fallen apart.
We have two games left to play, we have a terrible goal difference and we’re 18th.
While there’s hope about winning one of the last two to potentially survive, we’ll have to do it without a whole bunch of key senior players.
We’re in a right mess.
In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore has slaughtered the Leeds board over a behind-the-scenes decision at Elland Road.