Dermot Gallagher believes referee was right not to send off Scott McTominay in Leeds v Man Utd
Referee Paul Tierney was right not to send off Scott McTominay in Manchester United’s win over Leeds on Sunday, according to former referee Dermot Gallagher.
McTominay committed six fouls during the game, two more than any other player, including a forearm smash on Robin Koch that forced him off the pitch due to concussion protocols.
But the Scot only got booked in the 78th minute and made fouls after that, prompting fans to believe he should’ve been sent off. Gallagher was on Sky Sports News and revealed that he felt that notion came from a ‘myth’ between fans.
“I thought the referee did extremely well yesterday. I thought he dealt with situations like this and other situations really well.
“There’s a number of issues. Firstly, the yellow card procedure is all about what happens. Is it a foul, nothing? Is it a foul, public admonishment? Is it a foul, yellow card?
“Once the player’s on a yellow card, that process starts again.
“There’s a myth that once you’re on a yellow card the next foul you’re going to go off. That’s not right. You go back to square one.
“It could be that the next tackle you go, but it could be you have an accumulation of tackles.”
You could make the argument McTominay should have been sent off for the challenge on Koch alone, considering the damage it caused and it’s reckless nature. But he wasn’t even booked.
To only get booked that late into the game is disappointing because he made some big challenges that halted Leeds’ momentum after coming from behind.
A red card would have been more than deserved and while the reasoning of the referee may have been justified, it won’t be of benefit to Leeds now.
They will need to bounce back on Wednesday when they travel to Anfield in the hope that they can rediscover the form of the first 15 minutes of the second half in order to get a good result.
Defeat will leave them in serious relegation trouble, as they currently sit in 15th place just five points above the relegation zone having played more games than the teams around them.
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