'Spells disaster', 'Horrendous': Some Leeds fans fume after official update for clash v West Ham
The Premier League has announced the officials for the Leeds United v West Ham game and it’s a mixed bag as far as Whites supporters are concerned.
For the game on Friday night, Michael Oliver is the referee, with Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett as his assistants.
The fourth official is Darren England and maybe the most important man, on VAR, is Australian Jarred Gillett.
Oliver reffed the first game of the season for Leeds and awarded the first penalty of the game to the champions early on when Robin Koch handled.
He seemed to think it was a stonewall penalty but many people felt differently, including Jamie Carragher on the Sky Sports coverage who was moved to say “I can’t believe that.”
The problem is that the ball struck Koch’s knee before bouncing up and hitting his arm.
In the end, it was another penalty that did for Leeds, right at the end when Rodrigo tripped Fabinho, allowing Salah to complete his hat-trick.
Some Leeds fans haven’t forgotten Darren England either, after an inept display in the Leeds game against Millwall from January.
He was so bad Andrea Radrizzani called for improvements to officials after the game.
VAR has been a massive part of the season and there seems to be controversies every week.
Jarred Gillett is a good referee in our opinion and he should keep a steady hand on the proceedings from Stockley Park, although not everyone is convinced by him either.
Here are the reactions from Leeds fans to the appointments…
Jarred Gillett the VAR man more important these days
— Tony D (@AntDickinson) December 8, 2020
He’s a very good on field ref in my experience.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) December 8, 2020
Aussie here, yes – very decent ref.
— Nick (@nickhort14) December 9, 2020
Michael Oliver is never good… I know he reffed the Liverpool game for us
— Ben 🇮🇨 (@CookstownCafu) December 8, 2020
Wasn’t even close to a penalty. Pretty sure their other goal hit the hand as well 🤷🏻♂️ my money was on Ferguson being in VAR
— Evie (@MeslierSZN) December 8, 2020
I’ve got time for Jarred on the VAR. seems the most decent out of all of them*
*I reserve the right to retract this tweet after Friday
— Paul G (@LPP2014) December 8, 2020
He made an awful decision in the VAR booth last season to rule out a perfectly good goal for Arsenal, I wouldn't be so confident lol
— Kevin Lynch (@Mateusz_Klynch) December 9, 2020
That’s not too bad, he knows his own mind. The good news there is the VAR official, Jarred Gillett, he’s generally been very sensible! Fingers crossed!
— David Watkins (@DaveLUFCWatkins) December 8, 2020
Micheal Oliver and Darren England just spells disaster 😬
— Shauna Yates (@Shortieyates04) December 8, 2020
People missing the 4th official 🤦🏼♂️ 😂
— Martyn 🏆 ALAW (@farmerboi23) December 9, 2020
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