As you’ve probably heard, there are a fair few angry Leeds fans after Saturday. The Whites hosted Brentford at Elland Road and after The Bees were given a penalty for what looked a stonewall foul from Bailey Peacock-Farrell on Ollie Watkins. However, on second viewing it appears Watkins dived to win it. Now, though and here on The YEP website, Dermot Gallagher has agreed with the decision.
Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher backs Jeremy Simpson – and claims he was right to give Brentford a penalty at Elland Road on Saturday:https://t.co/Ov4ZM13u0B
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 8, 2018
The game had a number of questionable moments. The decision to let Moses Odubajo stay on the pitch despite committing a reckless challenge whilst on a booking is one of them, along with the penalty and the decision to send off Luke Ayling for a similar offence to Odubaju when he was on a yellow card. However, Gallagher, whilst appearing on Sky Sports’ ref watch, said that any official would have given the Watkins penalty.
This statement from Gallagher has left a number of Leeds fans fuming at the decision and at both Jeremy Simpson and Dermot Gallagher. Whilst there is definite contact between Watkins and Peacock-Farrell, the fact that the Brentford man had started his fall well before the contact was made had left the Leeds fans questioning the integrity of the referee and wondering why it always seems to be at Elland Road where the decisions are being made incorrectly.
You can read The Whites’ verdict on Gallagher here:
and officials wonder why no one has any respect for them
— leah (@leahwallerx) October 8, 2018
Just watched Dermot Gallagher agree with all of Saturdays shocking referee decisions …. you can see it is a clear dive for the pen and he still agrees ….. I cannot believe what I’m seeing and hearing…TALK ABOUT KILLING THE GAME ..cheating is being continually rewarded
— chris howling (@ChrisHowling) 8 October 2018
Looking after his own there
— Mark Williamson (@hedgehoguk84) October 8, 2018
It was a dive, as clear as day. Any backing from officialdom for behaviour like that is giving the green light to cheats.
— Philip Bowden (@philbowden50337) October 8, 2018
i can understand him saying that he can see why the ref gave it, i was just confused as to why he refused to say that it was a dive, at least everyone else in the studio agreed that it was…
— alex (@MikeDeansSon) October 8, 2018
falling to ground before your even touched is blatant simulation , if cheating warrants a penalty then game is done
— 55s a coming (@scottishimage) October 8, 2018
Oh really, how embarrassing for him. Unfortunately, it is not surprising that we are seeing a closing of ranks. It says more about his loyalty to his profession that it does about his integrity.
— Lee Barnes (@lbarnzee) October 8, 2018
Saw that clip on Sky Sports. Quite shocking that he didn’t seem to know the rules.
— DW (@daawilson1919) October 8, 2018
The Whites are fuming that Gallagher has stood by Simpson and will be hoping that they don’t have the same referee for any more of their games this season.
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