Noel Whelan has blasted referee Darren England for his performance in the 3-2 win for Leeds United over Millwall in midweek. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road striker acknowledged the difficulty of the task facing officials, but claimed that England’s performance was so bad that it became a “farce”.

The referee came in for criticism from United owner Andrea Radrizzani when the Italian tweeted his disapproval of his first half performance during the interval on Tuesday night.

Whelan admits was equally displeased with the man in the middle, urging action from the very top of the Football League.

“I think something that the EFL really need to sort out is the level of performance from their officials,” he told Football Insider. 

“These days it’s just as important, if not more important, than the Premier League. We don’t have VAR so it’s imperative that they get these decisions right.

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“It infuriates the fans, it infuriates the players because some of them were so blatant that it becomes a little bit of a joke.

“I do realise, on the other hand, how difficult it is for the referees and the linesmen with their job because everything happens in real time and it’s very quick. They’re human and they’re going to make mistakes, but the amount of mistakes becomes a little bit of a farce.”

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England made a number of controversial decisions at Elland Road in midweek, including the award of a questionable penalty that allowed Millwall to double their first half advantage.

Despite falling behind, however, the Whites were able to turn things around, ensuring that they established a two-point lead at the top of the Championship table ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wigan Athletic.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Shocking’ – Danny Mills reacts to Twitter rant from senior Elland Road man.