'I Hate It' - Exclusive: Bent rages at what he saw in Leeds defeat to West Ham
Darren Bent has admitted he hates the rules for goalkeepers at penalties after West Ham were penalised against Leeds United on Friday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League striker insisted that while the officials made the “correct decision” at Elland Road, he does not like how it is impacting the game.
Lukasz Fabianski had initially saved Mateusz Klich’s penalty but the VAR official deemed that the West Ham shot-stopper was narrowly off his line and ordered a retake.
The Polish midfielder stepped up again and fired home the spot-kick to give Leeds the lead, although Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna ensured the Irons left with all three points.
Bent insisted that while the officials had to make a call over Fabianski’s positioning, he is not a fan of such narrow decisions being punished.
Bent told Football Insider: “I think it’s just one of those things where, unfortunately now, although it was millimetres – and I hate it – I guess rules are rules at the end of the day.
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“If he is a millimetre off and you see there’s clear daylight there then, unfortunately, you have to give the decision. I hate it and I don’t agree with it but I think if they don’t give it and then people look back at it, we’re talking about VAR again, people.
“As much as I hate it, it probably was the correct decision but it was a great save and Fabianski’s a really, really good, a very good goalkeeper.”
Victory meant that West Ham moved up to fifth in the table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
Leeds meanwhile have picked up just one win in their last six games and sit 14th after 12 matches.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has slaughtered “spoilt” player after update via the Athletic.