By Mark Smith

5th Sep, 2022 | 7:40am

Chris Sutton: Leeds United yet again hit by VAR inconsistency in loss v Brentford

Leeds United were once again hit by VAR inconsistency in their Premier League defeat against Brentford on Saturday, according to Chris Sutton.

Ivan Toney was handed a penalty in the 5-2 defeat after VAR judged Luis Sinisterra to have committed a foul, but when the same thing happened to Crysencio Summerville, it wasn’t pulled up.

Sutton admitted that Jesse Marsch may take it too far with his touchline antics, but he had every right to be outraged at the officials down in London.

Writing in his latest column for the Daily Mail on Monday [05 September], Sutton reacted to the latest weekend of howlers including the Whites.

“In Brentford against Leeds, Ivan Toney won a penalty when referee Robert Jones was told by VAR David Coote that there was a foul by Luis Sinisterra,” he wrote. “He was right — there had been and this was a worthy spot-kick. 

“But then when Leeds’ Crysencio Summerville was dragged down by Brentford’s Aaron Hickey in the second half, nothing happened. No VAR intervention. No visit to the monitor for Jones.

“I’m not one of those who subscribes to the idea that ex-players should be involved in VAR. You don’t have to have played the game to understand it, but this smacked of a lack of consistency. That’s frustrating and it’s no wonder Jesse Marsch was outraged, albeit that the Leeds boss can take it too far with his technical area antics.”


The Premier League is becoming one of the worst around the world now.

How? The officials simply are the worst, and they are finding ways to ruin nearly every last game by putting themselves in the spotlight.

You never see officials from France, Spain, Germany or Italy in the headlines every week, they let the football do the talking, but yet here we are talking about the same thing again in England.

What are they teaching at St George’s Park? The officials must not know the rules because those on the pitch are joined by those in the VAR hub each week in being simply incompetent.

Summerville is not only fouled once by Aaron Hickey but literally three times – the tug of the shirt, the pull on the shoulder and eventually the trip in the box.

How are none of these seen? It really is a dark time for English football right now – embarrassing yet again.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement