By Joe Ellis

8th Aug, 2022 | 2:40pm

Dermot Gallagher and Stephen Warnock clash over Leeds United penalty claim v Wolves

Leeds United started their 2022-23 season with victory at home to Wolves but they could have had a penalty to make the margin even bigger.

A deep cross towards the far post saw summer recruit Rasmus Kristensen rise highest at the far post to try and head back across goal for his teammates but he was clattered into by goalkeeper Jose Sa.

The Portuguese man got nowhere near the ball but the referee chose not to point to the spot and Dermot Gallagher and Stephen Warnock did not agree on the decision on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch (Monday 8 August, 11:45am, Sky Sports News).

“This is a typical goalkeeper’s challenge that never gets penalised,” Gallagher said. “People ask me why it’s not a penalty but it never has been a penalty. If a referee gives a penalty for that next week, there would be uproar.”

Warnock responded: “It’s a stonewall penalty and how it never, ever gets given is beyond me. I if ran at someone to head the ball and just ran into someone like that, it would be a penalty. Why is it different for goalkeepers?”

Gallagher hit back, saying: “History shows I can’t remember a penalty like that ever being given and if they suddenly start given penalties like that then they have to come out and say that.”


This rule that goalkeepers have now become untouchable has to be scrapped as soon as possible because it is getting to the point where they can simply fall over all on their own and win a free kick.

To actually be penalised for an aerial challenge, the shot-stopper would have to almost rugby tackle an attacker to the ground and even then Premier League referees would probably blow the other way.

Sa is incredibly lucky that the officials on the day did not have the bottle to point to the spot on what was a poor day for the Wolves’ number one.

Luckily for Jesse Marsch and the Whites, that injustice did not affect the final result thanks to a really impressive comeback with goals from Rodrigo and an own goal from Rayan Ait-Nouri.

If that challenge isn’t going to get punished, though, then Illan Meslier should come out and clatter into anyone he wants in future because he will never have to defend a penalty if he does.

In other Leeds United news, this outgoing Elland Road loan will become a permanent move when the current deal expires next summer.