Leeds United: Redfearn hits out at referees

GIVE US A BREAK: Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn. Picture by Tony Johnson.

GIVE US A BREAK: Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn. Picture by Tony Johnson.

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LEEDS United head coach Neil Redfearn hit out at the standard of refereeing in the Championship following a “shocker” of a penalty award in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

Redfearn voiced his frustration after United’s Giuseppe Bellusci was penalised for a foul on Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, despite replays showing that the tackle had been made outside the box.

Bellusci received a straight red card for a professional foul from referee Oliver Langford but Leeds survived the late scare as Yann Kermorgant drove a powerful penalty against their crossbar and over.

Redfearn was similarly frustrated after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City – a match in which the Blues were awarded an early spot-kick and Leeds had three penalty claims turned down.

“It seems to be a standing order for us, bad refereeing decisions,” Redfearn said. “We get them regularly.

“I’ve looked at it (Bellusci’s challenge) and it’s about three yards outside the box so it’s a shocker. It’s blatantly outside the box. It just seems to be that they can’t wait to give them.”

Bournemouth were also denied a valid goal when a Brett Pitman finish in the first half was ruled out for offside, despite replays suggesting otherwise.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “I did feel at the time that it was a really tough call for us. Sometimes you get that feeling.”

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