Beckford slams Keown claim, Leeds man asked to be sent off against Everton
Jermaine Beckford has slammed Martin Keown’s claim that Liam Cooper is asking the referee to send him off in Leeds United’s 2-2 draw at Everton this weekend, as he said in the final BBC score (8/21/21 at 3:30 p.m.)
Everton opened the scoring in front of a crowded Elland Road crowd after VAR ruled Cooper had fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the penalty area.
Replays showed the Leeds defender donning the Englishman’s jersey, as the free kick was awarded and converted by the Everton hitman.
Cooper insisted it was a few handbags from the two and was seen arguing over the decision made.
While Beckford agreed it was a penalty, he told Keown to “step down” after claiming the Leeds man was asking Darren England to send him off.
“It was a clear penalty,” said Beckford. “I think Liam Cooper let Calvert-Lewin get the bad side of him as he pulled his shirt off.
“They were pulling shirts, don’t get me wrong. But as a defender, it’s the last thing you want to do. Cooper is not happy and tries the referee.
Keown added: “The only thing he could argue about is that he says to the referee ‘you should have fired me.’ It’s a sure foul so I don’t know what he’s talking about. “But what else could he say to the referee? That’s ridiculous. Frustrating. You see a player arguing. He’s so guilty.”
Beckford replied, “Oh, stop. No, get out. A reservation and a penalty are sufficient. How many times have you done this in your career?
Leeds reportedly felt aggrieved by decisions taken over the weekend as Leeds fans got to see their squad in the flesh as they returned to the stadium.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Whites were able to pack Elland Road for a top-level game.
This is not the start Marcelo Bielsa would have liked as his side have only collected one point in two games.
This will not be the problem that will worry the fans, it is the case of them who conceded seven goals in two games.
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