Leeds United denied ‘clear’ penalty v Brentford - Mark Halsey
Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has stated that Leeds United should have had a penalty against Brentford.
The Whites suffered a thumping 5-2 defeat against the Bees on matchday six of the Premier League on Saturday.
During the match, Jesse Marsch received a red card after he protested as Leeds were denied a penalty after young winger Crysencio Summerville was brought down following a challenge in the second-half.
Halsey, while talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, said that he could understand the frustration of the Leeds manager but he will not “condone” his reaction.
“You can understand his [Marsch’s] frustrations because clearly Leeds should have had a penalty, no doubt about that,” he said. “Especially when you see what they were giving fouls for this weekend, on recommended views, which has been shocking, absolutely shocking.
“You’d have to ask the VAR operator [why Jones didn’t look at it]. There’s a clear shirt-pull outside the box but he’s gone into the box, his arm’s on top of him, leaning on him, [Summerville has] gone down and it’s a penalty.”
“I can understand his frustrations but I don’t condone his actions because he’s got responsibilities and examples to set. Leeds can feel aggrieved but you’ve got to conduct yourself in a better way on the touchline.”
Leeds started the campaign in such a positive manner where they secured seven points from the first three matches which included a thumping 3-0 win against Chelsea while playing at home.
However, just one point from the next three matches means that the Whites’ good start is now turning into just an okay one and the fans will be hoping that the players will be able to turn things around in the upcoming matches.
It is also a responsibility of Marsch to ensure that the players will have that belief to bounce back from such a thrashing against Brentford where they were second-best for the most part of the game.
Next up for Leeds is newly-promoted side Nottingham Forest in the Premier League and it will be a perfect opportunity for the side to return to form against a team who themselves are struggling and have managed to register just four points from the first four matches, that too while playing at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, the club have been accused of forcing a player who wanted to stay out of Elland Road in the past week.