By Joe Ellis

13th Nov, 2022 | 1:10pm

Jeff Stelling: Jesse Marsch 'upset' with incident in Leeds United v Tottenham, Tim Sherwood reacts

Leeds United were brought back down to Earth against Tottenham Hotspur but one of the hosts’ four goals caused controversy.

After Crysencio Summerville had given the Whites an early lead in the capital, Harry Kane eventually smashed the ball home from a corner but Illan Meslier had been clearly obstructed beforehand.

Despite a VAR check showing the obvious foul, the goal stood and the Sky Sports studio were in disbelief as they described and debated the incident.

“Jesse Marsch I know is upset at the first Spurs goal. He’s convinced there was a foul in there,” Stelling said on Soccer Saturday [Sky Sports News, 12 November, 05:53pm].

“I was convinced as well. They got away with it. Lenglet was pushed into Meslier. Meslier hardly has a chance, he’s jumped into him. He’s not looking at the ball and he’s jumped into the goalkeeper and he’s just palmed it down.

“Look, Harry’s got a lot to do, his first touch is quality and he just volleys it past Meslier but I think it was a foul and I think Tottenham got away with that one.”


VAR is clearly not being used the way it should be if this decision has not been overturned and it isn’t a dig at the on-field referee either.

He can’t possibly keep his eye on every single bit of contact in the penalty area from a corner when there are so many bodies in a confined space on the pitch. He will always miss something.

But the technology is there to prevent incidents like this from going unnoticed as Marsch has every right to be outraged that a free-kick wasn’t given and the goal ruled out.

This wasn’t one of those subjective decisions either because it was clearly obvious that this was an intended shove in the side which caused Meslier to fall into his net.

Any top-six side gets that decision every day of the week and twice on Sundays but Leeds have fallen victim to another VAR shocker.

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor has ripped into the Whites after an amateurish display in a scathing post on Twitter.