By Mark Smith

19th May, 2021 | 6:45am

Ashley Williams & Dion Dublin: Leeds should have had penalty v Southampton

Dion Dublin and Ashley Williams have slammed Peter Bankes and VAR for not handing Leeds United a penalty against Southampton.

The Whites still went on to win the game at St Mary’s 2-0 thanks to Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts, although it easily could have been more.

Bamford went through on goal, only to be clipped by Alex McCarthy and stay on his feet, something the Match of the Day duo agreed shouldn’t have made a difference to the decision.

Dublin claimed that Bamford didn’t want to look as though he was cheating, but believes that players now have to throw themselves to the floor.

“He’s an honest footballer,” he said.

“He could have gone down, he didn’t. He chose to stay on his feet because he didn’t want to cheat by going down without enough contact to take him down.

Williams disagreed, insisting that it was a penalty every day of the week regardless of him going down or not at St Mary’s.

“If he goes down, that’s a penalty,” he said.

“100%, all day. I don’t understand how VAR doesn’t say that’s a penalty, because it is.”

Shocker.

Bamford summed it up perfectly just after the incident, clearly saying to Bankes, ‘so I have to dive now?’ – that is what it has come to.

We have had this before this season, with Ian Poveda being punished for staying on his feet in the defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Players can’t win anymore and have to look like they’re exaggerating their falls to win over the referee and the officials to get a decision.

With fans back in St Mary’s, Bamford would have been certainly abused for throwing himself to the floor, but there was clear contact from McCarthy.

Bankes hasn’t covered himself in glory this season, and this is unfortunately what we have come to expect from VAR; something needs to change.

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