By Mark Smith

17th Oct, 2022 | 4:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has insisted that Chris Kavanagh was right to disallow Patrick Bamford’s goal for Leeds United in their 1-0 defeat against Arsenal.

The ex-FIFA official believes that the England international gained the ball illegally by pushing Gabriel before firing home, even if Leeds fans didn’t agree with it.

Bamford was at the heart of all the drama at Elland Road, missing clear-cut chances and a penalty and he could have had another one at the very end before VAR intervened.

“They’re not happy but the decision was the correct one,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Bamford did push his opponent and therefore he has gained the ball illegally. The referee has no option, Kavanagh has done well to disallow it.”

It was an ongoing battle all of the second half between Gabriel and Bamford, with it somehow not ending in goals and a red card in the end.

The Brazilian fell to the floor so easily on numerous occasions despite being this big and tough central defender, and the officials fell for it every time – unfortunately, that is now modern-day football.

The defender was lucky on more than one occasion in this game, with the “big six” argument coming to light nearly every single weekend now.

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