Former Premier League referee admits Fulham penalty was "misread" against Leeds United

Leeds United were handed a 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Saturday afternoon in the Championship

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:13 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:13 pm
Leeds United fell to a 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Tim Robinson "misread" the challenge which led to a early Fulham penalty at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites fell to their first defeat since early October in the capital and were put on the back foot in the seventh minute as referee Robinson pointed to the spot.

Leeds defender Ben White was adjudged to have pushed Bobby Reid to the floor inside the six-yard box but replays showed minimal contact between the two despite United's protests.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic converted from 12-yards to open the scoring before a second half strike from Josh Onomah earned the hosts all three points following a Patrick Bamford leveller after the break..

Club captain Liam Cooper and owner Andrea Radrizzani took to social media to voice their displeasure at the decision and now former top flight official Gallagher has agreed with the complaints.

"It's not a penalty for me," Gallagher told Sky Sports.

"I think he feels the slightest touch in the back and goes down. I think the referee has misread it.

"He gives a penalty because he thinks he shoves him in the back, but there's not enough there for me."

Former Whites defender Stephen Warnock echoed his sentiments: "I agree with Dermot. It's very, very soft."