Ex-FIFA official: Referee needs break after major Leeds incident saw Mike Dean intervene

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Keith Hackett has insisted that Stuart Attwell needs a break after countless errors in the Leeds United win over Norwich.

The ex-Premier League official believes that Attwell was saved by Mike Dean and VAR after he wrongly pointed to the spot in the second half.

Norwich were initially given a spot-kick, but Luke Ayling was reprieved after Milot Rashica clearly stood on him first.

“He pointed to the spot to give the penalty kick award for what he considered from a very good position, to be an offence by Ayling,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“He guessed, he’s got to have guessed, because you don’t need VAR, at this level of the game, you should not require VAR to actually identify, that in fact, it wasn’t a foul, but a player standing on Ayling’s leg.

“Is this a referee that is in form to do that game? Because, he’s clanged, at the end of the day, Mike Dean came in and pulled him out of the mire.

“Ultimately, you look at that original decision, he’s got it wrong. Looking at VAR with Mike Dean, he’s got that wrong – this weekend, he needs a rest and needs a bit of time off.”


Dean is usually one for the spotlight, and he made sure that Attwell didn’t leave himself open for ridicule this week.

That was never going to work, though, and the latter has now been tipped to be left out of the week ahead by the PGMOL after numerous shockers.

It was so clear that Rashica stood on top of Ayling, but yet, despite him being in a great position, he got it so badly wrong.

There have to be implications for this, with officials being left out for a weekend doesn’t happen enough – it’s time.

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