By Peter Lynch

25th May, 2023 | 2:10pm

Ex-Premier League official joins pile on as Weston McKennie blasted for Leeds United incident

Former Premier League official Jeff Winter has blasted the officials involved in the clash between West Ham and Leeds United on Sunday (21 May).

Leeds went ahead in the 17th minute as Rodrigo fired home a volley from Weston McKennie’s long throw-in.

But images have since emerged of the throw-in at the London Stadium, with former referees Winter and Keith Hackett agreeing that it was an illegal action.

Discussing the throw-in on Twitter, Hackett wrote: “​​Totally illegal and I have witnessed several of these this season. Literally using one hand for power and the other as a decoy.”

Winter then replied: “Agree boss, see it every week also along with unpunished moving up the field to take the throw. Not a couple of yards though, TEN plus. Weak officiating!!”

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The former officials can debate about this issue for as long as they want, but both Leeds and West Ham will have already moved on from their recent clash, with the incident not even having an impact on the final result.

Leeds have a huge clash against Tottenham on Sunday (28 May) to focus all of their attention on, while the Hammers went on to win the match against the Whites despite conceding that early goal.

It is, however, a talking point that current officials can analyse and perhaps discuss in the months to come ahead of the new campaign.

With margins for success getting even smaller, players will seemingly do anything to gain the tiniest of advantages, so every one of their actions is now being scrutinised more and more closely.

A proper throw-in will, however, be the least of their concerns, with issues with VAR and scenarios like players diving still prevalent.

In other Leeds United news, a Joe Gelhardt ‘keep or sell’ verdict at Elland Road has been shared by one local journalist.