By Nick Ware

13th Dec, 2021 | 1:45pm

Simon Jordan rejects bias suggestion as Danny Murphy suggests Leeds United 'fuming' after Chelsea defeat

Danny Murphy admits he would be “fuming” if he was a Leeds United player after their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday (11 December).

Speaking on talkSPORT on Monday (13 December), two days after the Whites suffered late agony at Stamford Bridge, Murphy was unhappy with the second penalty awarded to the home side after a perceived foul from Mateusz Klich, which Jorginho duly converted to clinch the three points.

“I thought that last one on Rudiger was really, really soft,” Murphy said: “I’d be fuming if I was a Leeds player, I can understand why it was kicking off at the end.”

Host Sam Matterface then asked: “Simon, do you think there is a possibility that there is a big team bias?”

Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan replied: “The argument the big teams get more bias might flow if they’re playing at home but you’re talking about teams who tend to attack more, who put referees under more questions.”

Soft?

It’s a difficult one – would Leeds fans have been calling for it to be given if it was on Raphinha, rather than Rudiger? Possibly, though seeing someone of Rudiger’s size drop down to the floor like that is an especially bitter pill to swallow.

But it was Klich that gave the German defender the opportunity to take a tumble, and as Leeds have, or should have, found out since promotion last year, players will leap at the chance to win a penalty for their sides, no matter the strength of the contact.

A mere touch seems to be all it takes for someone to drop to the floor in an attempt to win a spot-kick.

It’s another learning curve for Leeds and their players and they will hope it does not prove to be a costly one.

It still feels too early to suggest Leeds are in a relegation fight, particularly after picking up five points from their previous three fixtures, but with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool as their next three opponents, there is a very real chance that Burnley, who occupy the final relegation spot, could close the five-point gap on them heading into the New Year.

Every point is vital for the Whites at the moment, and one was cruelly snatched away from them at the death on Saturday.

In other Leeds United news, Dion Dublin was left in hysterics as Mark Chapman mocked Martin Keown over controversy between the Whites and Chelsea on Saturday.