By Jack Cunningham

23rd Aug, 2021 | 8:15pm

Dermot Gallagher discusses Leeds United defender Liam Cooper and the penalty given against him

Dermot Gallagher has insisted that Leeds United defender Liam Cooper was lucky not to be sent off on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gallagher revealed that he believes the 29-year-old was only spared a red card because Dominic Calvert-Lewin was not in possession of the ball when he was hauled to the floor by Cooper.

He claimed that had the Whites’ captain received his marching orders; he wouldn’t have had much “cause for complaint”.

Was Cooper lucky not to be sent off?

Everton opened the scoring in the first half when Cooper dragged Calvert-Lewin to the floor in the penalty box, and he stepped up and slammed the penalty into the corner.

However, Cooper was the last man, and you could argue he should have been sent off as it appeared as if he denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Ultimately though, Cooper survived and revealed after the match that he felt the penalty was harsh [Yorkshire Evening Post].

We don’t agree with that and believe that Cooper did foul Calvert-Lewin, and the correct decision was a penalty.

A red card would probably have been harsh given that Calvert-Lewin didn’t have the ball under control, but it was definitely a penalty, and Cooper shouldn’t have had his hands all over the Everton forward.

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