Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch wants talks with authorities after red card at Brentford
Jesse Marsch wants to have talks with the authorities after he was sent off amid fury at the referee in the 5-2 Leeds United loss to Brentford, Phil Hay reports.
The American was shown a straight red card by referee Rob Jones for reacting furiously to a penalty not being given for a foul on Crysencio Summerville, after a debatable one was given following VAR review earlier in the game when Luis Sinisterra and Ivan Toney went for the same loose ball.
Marsch was also booked in the loss to Brighton (27 August) and admitted attempting to influence a rookie referee he didn’t think was up to scratch through his behaviour on the sideline, and was then unhappy with time wasting from Everton in midweek (30 August), so after another day were officials were poor he wants answers.
Writing on his personal Twitter account from the manager’s post-match press conference Hay said: “Marsch says he’s aware that his approach to challenging referees might influence the way they deal with him.
“Says he’d like discussions to the authorities to understand certain issues better. The last three games have frustrated him.”
Marsch’s players gave him as many problems as the officials at Brentford but there is a pattern emerging of below-par work from those in charge of games.
The league has a problem in that a number of senior referees retired in the summer so they have had to promote inexperienced replacements, but the outgoing ones didn’t inspire a vast amount more confidence than the incoming ones.
The scoreline in the thrashing at Brentford will be pointed at to put the manager back in his box, but he is right that the video review that resulted in the penalty being awarded for Ivan Toney’s opener hardly uncovered a “clear and obvious” error.
That a relatively similar challenge on Summerville wasn’t given later in the game caused him to erupt, and had he still been on the sideline when an even more innocuous tackle on the same man was given he would likely have done so again at the swing in decision-making.
Officiating has been the centre of attention numerous times already this season and we are only six games in, and while it affects all sides, the fact that there is a complete lack of consistency means it will mount up against some clubs more than others.
Marsch is clearly unhappy that it is currently doing that against the Whites at a time when a sparkling start to the campaign has given way to one point in nine, but whether his fury results in any clarity is probably doubtful.
In other Leeds United news, late window talks have put the club in good position to sign a “star” defender in January.