‘He’s failed…’ – Ex-FIFA official reacts to contentious Leeds incident in past 48 hours

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We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has insisted it was right not to penalise Dan James and hand Norwich a penalty against Leeds United.

The ex-FIFA official admitted that Stuart Attwell failed in his role by not being in a good position, despite getting the decision right.

It was Milot Rashica who went to ground once again, the same player who threw himself to the floor in the second half that was initially given before VAR stepped in.

“I’m not giving it,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Because, when I give penalty kicks, they have to be 90s, rather than let’s be soft. The process of a referee is to see, recognise, think and act.

“So, he’s failed on the first one, he’s not in a good position, his position is vulnerable, and the player has gone down easily.

“This, in fairness, to the referee is one of the difficult scenarios in refereeing, players feeling a touch and going flat very quickly, so, for me, I want a bit more for a penalty kick to be awarded in that situation.”

There is a misconception that nearly every contact means that it should be a foul, or in this case, a penalty.

James was tight to his man and made no attempt to make a foul despite Rashica throwing himself to the ground.

Attwell was consistently in bad positions throughout the game, and it was clear with a number of his decisions simply being wrong.

Of course, it can be hard to react quickly in these scenarios, but this is what experienced officials should be nailing every single week.

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