Max Rushden: Leeds shouldn't have conceded second penalty v Chelsea
Max Rushden has insisted on talkSPORT that Leeds United should not have conceded a second penalty against Chelsea on Saturday (11 December).
Mateusz Klich brought down Antonio Rudiger in the box in the closing stages of the game at Stamford Bridge, with Jorginho stepping up to make it 3-2 after VAR agreed with the referee on the decision to award a spot-kick.
Leeds lost at the death due to the harsh call, and Rushden took to the air on Sunday to launch into a rant, claiming he would change the penalty rules if he had his way.
The talkSPORT host said: “Can I start with a little rant? And I don’t even mind them putting this one out on Twitter for people to tell that I’m an idiot, right? But there are too many penalties in football!
“Mateusz Klich on Rüdiger… Yes, it’s a foul. Yes, it’s in the penalty area, I understand why it’s a penalty, but that’s too big a punishment for that crime.
“He’s not going to score a goal. Obviously, Klich shouldn’t make the challenge, but that shouldn’t be a penalty. That should be a direct freekick in the box.”
Leeds would not have believed it after the ref immediately pointed to the spot the moment the German centre-back went down under very minimal contact from Klich.
It was one of the softest penalties that has been awarded this season, and something really has to change concerning this particular law.
Rudiger made a meal of the challenge from the Whites man and would not have gone down that way had it happened in his own box.
Players are taking advantage of the fact that the officials will most likely award a penalty once they go down in the 18-yard box.
It is a trick a lot of them are frequently using nowadays, and it is simply unfair.
It is cheating and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) should be looking particularly into the penalty rules.
Leeds did not deserve to lose on Saturday, but the Chelsea man tricked the officials, and that cost the visitors a crucial point.
The Whites did not use that as an excuse, though, but they would not be wrong if they felt hard done by such a controversial decision.
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