Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch was left baffled by Gabriel’s overturned red card during the Whites’ dramatic 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.
The Lowdown: Dramatic defeat for Leeds
Marsch’s side were hoping to spring a surprise on Sunday afternoon as they came up against the Premier League leaders, but it proved to be an infuriating 90 minutes for the home side at Elland Road.
Leeds dominated their opponents for chunks of the action, taking almost twice as many shots as the Gunners, but Bukayo Saka’s goal won it for the visitors.
Patrick Bamford later missed a penalty, with Gabriel then having a red card rescinded in stoppage time. The Brazilian kicked out at Bamford in the closing stages, leading to a sending-off and a penalty being awarded, only for both to be overturned because of an initial foul by the Whites striker.
The Latest: Marsch puzzled by decision
Speaking in his post-match press conference [via Leeds Live], Marsch admitted that he was utterly confused by the incident which deprived his team of a last-gasp penalty.
The Leeds manager said that he couldn’t explain the eventual decision, stating:
“I have no idea, I haven’t really been able to figure out who was given the red, it was too far away from me. Some of these decisions and, I mean, even the fact that for me, the penalty should have been called right away.
“It was clear but yeah, we’re on the wrong end of a lot of these right now, but I’m not going to cover too much referees.”
The Verdict: Leeds hard done by
While the result wasn’t what Leeds desired, both Marsch and his players should take plenty of credit from their performance, considering that they were arguably the better team.
Whether or not the refereeing decisions were correct is up for debate, but Arsenal are in one of those runs where every decision seems to be going their way, whereas the Whites can’t catch a break.
It is vital that heads don’t drop after such a dramatic game, though, and there was plenty in the performance to suggest that Leeds can get back to winning ways away to struggling Leicester on Thursday night.
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