By Joe Ellis

15th Aug, 2022 | 2:40pm

Leeds United red card verdict given as Ex-FIFA official lays down two-pronged Diego Llorente defence

Ex-FIFA official Dermot Gallagher has offered his insight into an incident during the 2-2 draw between Leeds United and Southampton.

Rodrigo’s brace was cancelled out by goals from Joe Aribo and Kyle Walker-Peters as the Saints clung onto a point at St Mary’s but the Whites could have gone down to 10 men.

Scottish international Stuart Armstrong was baring down on goal when Leeds’ Spanish defender Diego Llorente slid into a challenge and stooped the attack in its tracks.

The referee blew for a foul and gave Llorente a yellow card while VAR opted not to overturn the decision to a red but Gallagher is not convinced it was a foul at all.

“I think two things actually. I think A: he gets the ball and B: Armstrong actually gets brought down by the ball because he stands on it,” Gallagher said on Sky Sports News [15 August, 11:50am].

“Llorente gets the ball there and Armstrong goes over the ball himself so I think no, it wasn’t a red card.”

Contact sport

The Premier League, in particular, has become scared of a sliding tackle to the point where every single one is considered dangerous and the red card debate gets thrown around.

A referee would not even consider blowing their whistle for a well-timed sliding challenge back in the day and even now, non-league officials would not intervene.

But the show-ponies of the Premier League want to be the centre of attention and are petrified of seeing two players get anywhere near each other on the pitch.

The Saints should not have had a free-kick whatsoever let alone a booking for Llorente just because Armstrong was not good enough to nick the ball past the Spaniard.

Jesse Marsch should keep his side being aggressive and getting stuck into challenges like this because eventually, the league has to realise that they are not fouls (mostly) and some attackers especially need to grow a pair and get on with it.

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