Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has accused young Southampton winger Nathan Tella of cheating in the game against Leeds United at Elland Road tonight.
Tella went over in the box and was awarded a penalty. Diego Llorente protested his innocence and he was right to do so.
Replays showed that Tella instigated the contact and went down looking for the penalty.
The penalty was overruled by Andre Marriner after he was advised to look at it again by VAR.
The other controversial moment was when Southampton scored from a free-kick that was taken too quickly.
The goal was disallowed and Souness said this was the correct decision too.
Talking on the live coverage of the game (Sky Sports, 6pm), Souness said of the disallowed free-kick, “I think it’s the correct decision, I think he goes just before the whistle.
“The confusion is the ref is not looking at him but it’s the right decision. It’s marginal, half a second if you like, but it’s the correct decision.
“He wasn’t ready. His body language suggests he wasn’t super confident about his own decision but he’s got it right for me.”
Talking about the Tella incident, Souness said, “I don’t know if he’s got a good view of it but it shows how hard it is for referees.
“He [Tella] should have got a yellow for that. It’s cheating. Every time we’re on here there’s someone trying to buy a penalty.”
Bang on Graeme
Souness is quickly becoming a favourite with the Leeds fans.
He’s a big fan of this Leeds side and he’s a no-nonsense pundit who says what he thinks and generally gets it right.
He’s bang on with these two incidents.
Southampton fans might feel a bit hard done – their players certainly did – but both decisions were correct.
We might not be the biggest fans of VAR, after Bamford had a quality goal chalked off for a microscopic offside last game, but it’s there for things like this.
Without VAR Tella would have cheated to win a penalty.
He should have got a yellow card but that’s the only thing that Andre Marriner got wrong tonight.
Aside from that, he had a really good game, stuck to his guns and wasn’t afraid to overturn his own penalty decision.
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