By Craig Scott

1st May, 2022 | 4:00pm

Andy Dunn tears Paul Tierney to shreds after Leeds United incident v Manchester City

Sunday Mirror journalist Andy Dunn tore Paul Tierney to shreds for his performance as referee as Leeds United lost at home to Manchester City on Saturday.

Dunn claims that Man City’s Jack Grealish was “kicked from pillar to post” at Elland Road and pointed out how a lunge by Stuart Dallas was what caused the Leeds left-back to suffer a serious-looking injury.

And the journalist suggests that had Tierney done a better job of officiating the game, Dallas wouldn’t have got injured.

“That is what they did in a scrapped first half littered with infringements, which went punished and unpunished,” said Dunn in today’s Sunday Mirror [1 May, page 74]

“Sadly, one of those infringements ended with Stuart Dallas being taken from the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be a very serious injury.

“Unfortunately, Dallas has been the aggressor in the infringement, yet another foul on Grealish.

“Had referee Paul Tierney booked Dallas for one of his previous fouls on Grealish, he might not have lunged in again.

“But that was symbolic of Tierney’s shambolic performance. He lost control of this contest early on and never got it back.”

Rotten

It was always going to be a tough game for Leeds and it was always going to be a game where Grealish would take the headlines.

The former Aston Villa player is hardly popular among the Elland Road faithful and the treatment he got wasn’t a shock.

Throwing items at a player, no matter what it is, isn’t on, in our opinion and the Leeds fans responsible shouldn’t have done that.

What was more moronic was seeing Raphinha have paper balls thrown at him too.

But Tierney’s officiating was inconsistent and bad and while he should have probably booked Dallas earlier, to say that the referee was the cause of Dallas’ injury is ridiculous.

Dallas is an experienced player who was tasked with a tough job when he had to deal with Grealish.

He should have known better, in all honesty, but it was also completely accidental.

Let’s hope his season isn’t over because Burnley’s form and Everton’s games in hand mean that this battle against relegation isn’t quite over.

In other Leeds United news, this “brilliant” player seems finished at Elland Road and could leave for less than £2million.