By Peter Lynch

25th May, 2023 | 7:40am

Ex-FIFA official rages at 'totally illegal' Weston McKennie incident at Leeds United

Former Premier League and FIFA referee Keith Hackett has raged at Weston McKennie’s throw-in during the clash between Leeds United and West Ham United on Sunday (21 May).

Leeds opened the scoring at the London Stadium as Rodrigo volleyed home McKennie’s long throw-in after 17 minutes.

But ex-FIFA official Hackett believes McKennie’s actions were “totally illegal” and therefore the goal should not have stood.

When asked for his thoughts about the incident on Twitter, Hackett replied: “Totally illegal and I have witnessed several of these this season. 

“Literally using one hand for power and the other as a decoy.”


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On closer inspection, the goal certainly seems like it should have been chalked off due to the nature of the throw-in, with McKennie’s actions far off what a regular throw-in looks like.

However, in any case, it didn’t have an impact on the final score, with the Hammers comfortably seeing off the Whites in the end.

The issue is irrelevant now, with Leeds and their manager Sam Allardyce only looking forward, given how the match at the London Stadium was a missed opportunity to pick up some much-needed points.

The 3-1 loss against the Hammers was another miserable result, with the West Yorkshire outfit now needing a miracle in their final match of the season against Tottenham on Sunday (28 May).

The McKennie throw-in will no doubt be seen again at Elland Road against the North London outfit, with Allardyce using everything at his disposal to gain something from the match.

In other Leeds United news, one Premier League journalist has shared an honest verdict on Sam Allardyce at Elland Road.