Leeds United news: Ayling right to blast linesman - Pundit view

By Frank McAvennie

30th Apr, 2021 | 9:57am

Ayling right to blast officials for 'dangerous' Leeds incident - McAvennie

Luke Ayling was right to criticise the officials during last weekend’s game between Leeds United and Manchester United. 

That’s according to former Celtic and West Ham striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Ayling’s apparent criticism of one of the linesmen.

Ayling, 29, was caught by the television cameras as he appeared to tell one of the linesmen to put their flag up for offside instead of waiting for VAR.

Under current rules, linesmen are instructed to let the attacking move play out before flagging for an offside, a decision that has baffled plenty of players and fans in the football world.

This rule led to Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio picking up a serious injury as he was clattered by one of his own players while defending an attack that was later flagged for offside.

McAvennie slammed the decision to change the rules, calling it dangerous as he praised Ayling for taking a stand against a ‘ridiculous’ rule.

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“I get what he’s saying because it’s ridiculous,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Everyone knows he’s offside, it’s stupid. People will get injured because of it, it’s dangerous. 

“If he’s offside just put the flag up, why wait to see what happens? He’s offside. Talk about trying to complicate the game. 

“Ayling’s telling the truth there, he just wants them to get on with the game. The refs need to show some common sense. The boy Ayling was right.”

VAR has been a major talking point during this Premier League season with several goals ruled out for offside by the barest of margins.

Leeds are next in action on Saturday as they travel to the Amex to face a relegation-threatened Brighton.

In other news, Noel Whelan has been left in awe of a “phenomenal” 21-year-old Marcelo Bielsa was “wrong” about at Leeds United.