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Leeds: Frank McAvennie fumes at Jesse Marsch charge

Leeds: Frank McAvennie fumes at Jesse Marsch charge -Leeds United News

Pundit Frank McAvennie has been left fuming at VAR after Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch was charged by the FA, Football Insider report.

The Lowdown: Marsch fined and banned

Marsch was shown a red card in Leeds’ last Premier League fixture against Brentford earlier this month.

The Whites fell to a 5-2 defeat in London, with Marsch sent off in the second half after a challenge in the box on Crysencio Summerville went unpunished.

The Leeds boss was charged and has now been fined £10,000 and given a one-game touchline ban after admitting a breach of FA rule E3.

The Latest: McAvennie’s comments

McAvennie was talking to FI regarding Marsch’s charge in a story shared shortly before the fine and ban were confirmed.

He fumed at how VAR is being used at Stockley Park, labelling it as ‘embarrassing’, claiming Marsch was right for his protests.

“I think Jesse’s the same as everyone.

“Everyone can except bad decisions from the referees. But the problem we’ve got now is there’s not only bad decisions for the referees. The people at Stockley Park are watching it and then coming up with the same decisions and the whole country knows it’s wrong. And yet, these idiots are sitting there and coming up with nonsense that the whole world sees is wrong. Something’s got to change.

“VAR was supposed to be to help the referee with offsides but it’s getting involved in everything now and it’s not good for the game. It’s embarrassing. Some of the rules that VAR have come up with, I don’t get it.

“I think Jesse is probably right, he’s probably right with the decision but it’s not just Leeds that are getting it, it’s every club. The referee shouldn’t be getting any help except goal line technology or help with a handball or an offside that he’s not seen. That’s what VAR is there for. Some of the people that are making the rules have never played football in their lives, that’s the biggest problem.”

The Verdict: Villa absence

VAR was a hot topic of conversation in game-week six, with a number of other incidents coming in for criticism. The PGMOL has since acknowledged incidents that cost Newcastle and West Ham as mistakes, so you can understand Marsch’s frustration.

However, he was the only manager to receive a red card that weekend, so he may want to hold back his emotions going forward, otherwise, he could be in for more sanctions from the FA.

The American will be in the stands at Elland Road for Leeds’ next game against Aston Villa, so he may have learned his lesson when it comes to dealing with the officials, who appear to be frustrating plenty this season, not just Marsch.


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