By Craig Scott

30th Nov, 2021 | 10:25pm

Mark Clattenburg reacts to controversial moment in Leeds United v Crystal Palace

Mark Clattenburg agreed with Kevin Friend’s decision to not award Crystal Palace a penalty in the first half of their 1-0 defeat at Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Jordan Ayew hit the deck in the penalty area after a coming together with Leeds defender Pascal Struijk.

Ally McCoist feels as though Friend should have pointed to the spot and should have at least merited a VAR review.

Speaking on Amazon Prime’s live coverage on Tuesday night, Sky Sports pundit McCoist said: “I think Struijk gets the wrong side of Ayew, who puts his body in front of him and I think he’s well within his rights to look for a penalty.

“I think the fact both hands go on his back and, I repeat myself, I’d be looking for it.”

Clattenburg disagreed with McCoist, saying: “It becomes very difficult because what players do, is they feel some contact.

“Ayew goes into the penalty area, puts his arm out, he’s feeling where the defender is and the moment he feels any contact, he goes down.

“Football’s a contact sport and therefore, I agree with the referee for no penalty.”

Were we lucky?

It’s typical that a former striker feels it should have been a penalty and a former Premier League referee agrees with the man with the whistle on the night.

Struijk put both hands on Ayew and the Palace forward did go down in the penalty area.

However, it may have been soft to award a penalty and it wasn’t really a clear and obvious error to sanction VAR stepping in.

Either way, it wasn’t a stonewall decision and it would have been daft to overturn the on-field decision when it was one of those where it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other.

Yes, there was contact but as Clattenburg says, this is a contact sport.

We’ve seen so many soft penalties given in the game these days and this probably would’ve been classed as a soft one.

Obviously, as Leeds fans, we’re happy it wasn’t given but Friend and Clattenburg are both probably right.

Although we do respect where McCoist is coming from.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville blasted this Elland Road chief after he was left fuming with an official tweet by the club.