By Mark Smith

23rd May, 2021 | 5:36pm

Ian Darke savages Liam Cooper in Leeds clash v West Brom, Robbie Savage responds

Leeds United fans returned to Elland Road in spectacular fashion this afternoon, as the Whites smashed West Brom on the final day.

It could have started much worst though, with Liam Cooper cautioned within seconds of kick-off for a flailing arm on Darnell Furlong.

BT Sport commentator Ian Darke suggested it could have been a red card, something that Robbie Savage instantly shut down live-on-air.

Speaking on live commentary of the game on BT Sports, Darke insisted that it could have been much worst for Cooper.

“What is he doing there? He’s walking the tightrope there,” he said.

Savage jumped to his defence and made it very clear that it was never a sending off for the skipper in the opening seconds.

“It’s a definite yellow card, it’s the arm from Cooper, not the elbow.”

Move on.

This was never a red card, people just love to stir the pot.

Furlong lowered himself to try and get ahead of the ball, and Cooper was trying to just muscle his man away, but accidentally made contact with the head.

VAR checked, and for once, they eventually made the right decision.

It wouldn’t even have surprised us if the red card was given, that is how much VAR has ruined the Whites this season and many moments of success.

Darke was adding fuel to the fire as he always does, but it was great to see Savage respond, someone who would have received plenty more red cards if he still playing with this technology.

This was the right decision, nothing to see here.

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