By Mark Smith

27th Jun, 2020 | 8:45pm

'Naughty one' - Sky Sports pundit shares verdict on Fulham controversy v Leeds

Jobi McAnuff has insisted that Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic escaped a clear red card for his deliberate elbow on Leeds United defender Ben White on Saturday.

The Serbian international clashed with White only minutes into the clash after the ball had been cleared by the Brighton loanee downfield.

The officials missed the incident, meaning that Mitrovic escaped punishment despite White almost needing treatment at Elland Road.

Sky Sports pundit, McAnuff believed that it was a terrible challenge and deserve punishment even if the referee’s vision was obscured.

“Absolute red card for me,” he said on Sky Sports.

“It’s a naughty one that, there’s just no other thing in his mind other than to leave a bit on him, obviously early in the game, he probably wants to let him feel his presence.

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“For me, that’s over the line.”

Let’s be clear, even Fulham fans would agree that this was a blatant red card, and it reiterates the need for the Championship to have VAR.

Many Whites fans have reacted to the controversy with many claiming that the EFL needs to take retrospective action on the Serbian.

When you compare the ban that Patrick Bamford received for faking injury last season, this was on another level, and it would certainly be no surprise to see Mitrovic given a ban after this game.

Mitrovic being given his marching orders would certainly have made this one much easier for the Whites, who could have been up against one man less for the entirety of the game.

However, as it was, justice was done on the pitch and Leeds moved three points clear at the top and within sniffing distance of the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear has launched an attack on rival Championship clubs before the Fulham clash