By Sam Stone

5th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Paul Robinson stunned by Crysencio Summerville VAR decision in Leeds United draw v West Ham

Paul Robinson was left stunned by the decision not to send off Crysencio Summerville after his tackle on Vladimir Coufal in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Leeds United.

The 21-year-old produced a late challenge on the Czech Republic international in the second half which caused a heated confrontation between both sets of players.

VAR did look at the incident in the 59th minute but opted to stick with David Coote’s original choice to just brandish just a yellow card, a decision which has left Robinson baffled.

“When you look at it again with VAR, the worse it gets and when you see the injury to Coufal, you question how VAR missed that and how Summerville is still on the field. Jesse Marsch has quickly substituted him after the incident,” said Robinson (Premier Sports coverage, 21:15, 4 January).

Good choice

It was a smart decision from the Leeds United boss to remove the young attacker from the heated contest when he did. There could’ve been every chance of the Dutchman being sent off for another incident had he stayed on the pitch. He’s still learning and incidents like this will be vital for him in the future.

It was an important point for Leeds and it keeps West Ham at arm’s length when it comes to the relegation dogfight. A win would’ve been huge for Marsch’s side considering they also have a game in hand on the London club. The way Leeds finished strongly will please the American, but it’s also concerning how they yet again threw away another lead.

On numerous occasions this season, the Yorkshire side have got themselves into winning positions, only to go behind later on in proceedings. It’s a problem which has occurred frequently and now cannot be ignored.

Leeds now have a break from their Premier League campaign as they travel to Cardiff to kickstart their FA Cup campaign.

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