'I don't understand it anymore' - Jeff Stelling hits out at contentious moment in Leeds defeat vs Spurs

Jeff Stelling has openly disagreed with the refereeing decision that saw Leeds United concede a penalty against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 3:25 pm
Ezgjan Alioski and Steven Bergwijn. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa’s men were eventually beaten 3-0 by their hosts in the early kick-off, with Harry Kane converting from the spot midway through the first half to give Jose Mourinho’s side the advantage.

The decision to award the penalty was referred to VAR, however, with Ezgjan Alioski upending Spurs winger Steven Bergwijn right on the edge of the 18-yard box.

Between on-field official David Coote and his video assistant Paul Tierney, a judgement was made that the foul had occurred in the area, but Stelling was quick to voice his dissatisfaction with the call.

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Speaking on Soccer Saturday, the host said: “They [Spurs] are winning, but look, I’m lost. I don’t understand it anymore.

"Looking along the line, the contact was clearly three or four inches outside of the box.

"It wasn’t a foul whereby contact continues into the box, it was just a trip.

"It was outside the box – well, that was my opinion. David Coote and Paul Tierney were the ones who disagreed with that.”

Leeds’ afternoon was made even worse when Kane turned provider for Son Heung-min to double the hosts’ lead in the 43rd minute. Toby Alderweireld made it three shortly after the interval, with Mourinho's men reduced to 10 men in the closing stages after Matt Doherty picked up a second yellow card.

The result means that the Whites stay 11th in the table, but could slip down the standings if Wolves or Arsenal win this weekend.