Jermaine Beckford has labelled the decision to send off Leeds United defender Liam Cooper against Manchester City as “embarrassing.”
The Whites skipper was handed his marching orders after VAR reviewed a challenge on Gabriel Jesus towards the end of the first half.
Leeds managed to hold on for a 1-1 draw against all odds at the Etihad, with the home side understandably camped in our half for the remainder of the game.
Writing on his personal Twitter account during the game, Beckford made his thoughts very clear on the major incident in the clash.
“Embarrassing decision to send off Liam Cooper,” he wrote.
“Granted he caught Jesus after he cleared the ball, but his natural follow-through is going to clip him, embarrassing.”
— Jermaine Beckford (@jermainebecks83) April 10, 2021
We can’t believe that another week has passed and we are still calling for the same things in the Premier League this season.
How this challenge and decision was overturned when George Baldock didn’t even get cautioned for his foul on Tyler Roberts last week, is simply a joke.
Cooper did go slightly high with his challenge, but he had to in order to get the ball cleared first; which he clearly did.
This is now a real opportunity for one of the centre-halves vying for more minutes under Marcelo Bielsa this season.
Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch both came off the bench in different roles in this one, and it will be intriguing to see which catches the eye during training this week.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay names one Whites defender that is likely to leave Elland Road in the upcoming summer window