By Craig Scott

12th May, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United news: Gary Lineker and Martin Keown react to 'unbelievable' incident

Martin Keown can’t believe Daniel James’ red-card challenge for Leeds United in their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Elland Road on Wednesday night (11 May).

James, 24, was shown a straight red card for an ugly tackle on Mateo Kovacic inside half an hour.

The Wales international will miss the rest of the season through suspension after he was deemed to have endangered an opponent.

Ex-Arsenal defender Keown suggests James may have lost control while Gary Lineker has defended the Leeds winger a bit.

“Unbelievable,” said Keown on Match of the Day on 11 May, as shown on BBC iPlayer.

“And this is the thing, you want your players at boiling point but you don’t want them to boil over.”

Lineker replied: “Sometimes I think they look worse than they are because he gets the ball first but he follows through.

“But I know what you mean.”

Keown added: “It’s something James didn’t do at Manchester United.

“I don’t know whether it comes with playing with Leeds – getting stuck in and getting around people – but at the moment, it’s costing them.

“They’ve had a catalogue of injuries, down to 10 men again.

“Everything that can go wrong in this game went wrong and if you look at the fixtures coming up, it does feel like now it’s starting to fall apart for Leeds.”

Keown then added that he thought Kalvin Phillips could have also been sent off for a deliberate challenge from behind on Christian Pulisic.

He said: “This one here by Kalvin Phillips.

“He’s really lucky that he’s not another victim [of a red card].”


James won the ball first when he made that tackle on Kovacic.

But he went in with too much force and momentum and therefore he failed to control himself.

That led to James’ studs being planted high on Kovacic’s leg.

Luckily for the Chelsea midfielder, his foot wasn’t on the ground because he could have suffered a broken leg and he was taken off injured shortly after.

James looked shocked by the red card – but he shouldn’t be.

It was yet another moment where a Leeds player has lost their head and that means he’ll join Luke Ayling in being banned for the rest of the season.

On top of that, Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts and Crysensio Summerville are all injured and set to miss the crucial final two games against Brighton and Brentford.

Patrick Bamford’s likely to be very rusty too – that’s if he even makes those games.

Leeds are in deep trouble.

In other Leeds United news, Graeme Souness was baffled by what Marsch did after James’ red card.