Leeds United defender Diego Llorente escaped a red card against Southampton but should have been sent off, according to Peter Walton.
The former Premier League official reacted amid a disagreement between BT Sport pundits Jermaine Beckford and Steve Sidwell over the first-half streak of the 2-2 draw, which led to a long VAR review that took place on the United side.
The Spanish defender had the slightest contact with the ball when he knocked down Saints striker Stuart Armstrong quarter of an hour into the game at St Mary’s, and was inches away from walking as he was the last man and the striker would otherwise have been clean. to the goal.
Speaking live on BT Sport Score on Saturday afternoon (August 13, 3:17 p.m.) Beckford said: “Clean, one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Llorente, he had it for pace as well. Big challenge from the last chance, took the player, took the ball, fair challenge. Absolutely fantastic. VAR check, rightly so it wasn’t given away. Leeds brilliant football”
Sidwell chimed in with, “He should go. He has the player first, then the ball.
Beckford disagreed and argued: “He absolutely won the ball.”
Walton was then brought in and added: “I think Llorente is a lucky man here, you know. Yes, he won the ball, but he eventually won the ball, and VAR took a very long time to look at that and gave him the benefit of the doubt.
“I actually think he got away with one there because if you look at him he first got the man and then he got the ball. That’s a foul.
Finally, Beckford conceded: “It was touch and go. It was touch and go.
It was quite disappointing to see the Whites come away with a point as they had the game in their hands after taking a two-goal lead in the second half.
Rodrigo, wearing the armband after the injury to Patrick Bamford the whole fanbase has been dreading all summer, took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored twice, suggesting he could become the key man the club always hoped.
But the defense was a mess with captain Liam Cooper again absent and the home side were able to take advantage of it to fight for a point through Joe Aribo and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Had Llorente been sent packing after just 15 minutes, it’s unlikely Leeds United would have even gotten a point, unless they were able to shut up shop completely and play for a 0-0.
It was a decision that could have gone either way, but was probably about right once it came through on video review, since he had contact with the ball.
Had he been shown red, he probably wouldn’t have been knocked down, and that near miss, coupled with failing to stop a beleaguered Saints side in the second half, proves there’s a lot of work to be done. do at the back.
Going forward, this team has a lot of potential, although Dan James was drafted after injuries to Bamford and Joe Gelhardt, it drags down a bit or two after the substitute disappointed and was himself substituted late.
But at the back there are big questions that need to be answered before the transfer window closes.
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