By Mark Smith

19th May, 2021 | 10:15am

Chris Sutton agrees with Patrick Bamford after Leeds controversy v Southampton

Chris Sutton has sided with Leeds United star Patrick Bamford after the 2-0 victory over Southampton on Tuesday evening.

The Whites forward was spotted asking the officials if he should dive to win a penalty after Alex McCarthy made clear contact but he stayed honest and on his feet.

Sutton insisted that players shouldn’t need to go down to win a decision and that it should be easy to reward that honesty with VAR in use,

Sutton sided with Bamford when responding to his quotes on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

“Agree with this,” he wrote.

“Shouldn’t be too difficult with VAR.”

Shocker.

This is where the problem arises, even with VAR, it is still appearing very difficult to confirm decisions, with this incident not even checked.

Bamford was clearly clipped, and it sent him much wider than he wanted and could have prevented him from tapping into an empty net.

Peter Bankes had a shocker all evening at St Mary’s, and the technology clearly didn’t help him, how many times have we said that this season?

The levels of consistency are shocking.

Bamford would have been given a penalty should he have gone down, so he should have been given one for even staying on his feet, especially with the advantage not applicable in this situation.

Ian Poveda was also punished for this in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, and something needs to be changed.

Honesty has to be rewarded, or it will quickly disappear.

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