By Mark Smith

22nd Dec, 2019 | 8:00am

Leeds star responds to journalist Twitter claim after incident in Fulham defeat

You could say it was never going to be a positive ending for Leeds United against Fulham after the opening 10 minutes of the 2-1 defeat.

Many couldn’t believe their eyes when referee, Tim Robinson, decided to award a controversial penalty for Ben White touching Bobby Reid in the box. The Cottagers forward didn’t even fall to the ground but the official pointed to the spot.

There has been a spotlight on officiating with the introduction of VAR around the globe, but this didn’t do them much favours to suggest that the technology isn’t needed in the Championship.

BBC journalist Adam Pope delivered an update during the defeat on Saturday, claiming that Fulham took the lead after a lapse in concentration saw the referee give a penalty.

“Plenty of chances for LUFC but one momentary lapse gifts a penalty to Fulham after Hernandez went off early on,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Liam Cooper responded to that claim after the clash defending his teammate, claiming that it was never a penalty in the first place, a suggestion Pope later went on to agree with.

“Have a lot of respect for you Adam but that isn’t a lapse mate.. It’s never a penalty,” he added.

Cooper is right to question the decision and comments made after the penalty. Should White have exaggerated the contact then there would have been no doubts, but the Brighton loanee only placed his hands on Reid – something which happens in every single game in every league.

Yes, there could be an argument that he shouldn’t have touched the Fulham forward, but it is a contact sport and referees would not stop blowing their whistles if that was a foul.

All Leeds can do is put that behind them and look forward, with another crunch clash against Preston coming up on Boxing Day.

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