Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on controversial moment in Leeds loss
Dermot Gallagher has claimed that Fulham should not have been awarded a penalty in their 2-1 win against Leeds United on Saturday.
Tim Robinson awarded the hosts a spot-kick in the first half after Ben White was adjudged to have fouled Bobby Reid in the penalty area.
Aleksandar Mitrovic converted the resulting penalty in what proved to be a decisive moment in the match at Craven Cottage.
However ex-Premier League referee Gallagher has claimed that it was the incorrect decision by Robinson and that Leeds can feel hard done by.
“It’s not a penalty for me,” said Gallagher, as quoted on Sky Sports’ website. “He feels the slightest of touches in the back and he goes down. The referee Tim Robinson has miss-read it as he feels he’s shoved him in the back, but there’s not enough there for me.”
It was clearly not a penalty and it should not take a former referee to tell people that.
Not even the most hardened of Fulham fan will be able to believe they saw their side awarded a penalty kick for that after seeing replays of the incident.
White touched Reid, yes. But that does not mean that there is a foul.
Leeds have had a lot of decisions go against them this season but at the end of the day, Marcelo Bielsa and his men are still second in the Championship table and eight points clear of third.
They have not won in their last two but there is not a major reason to worry just yet.
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