Leeds United victims of major injustice as 'blatant' new Illan Meslier footage emerges - Whelan
Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier was on the end of a “blatant foul” as Tottenham scored an undeserved first-half equaliser on Saturday (12 November).
The former Whites striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Spurs had “no right to be in the game” at the time of the goal.
As seen in footage from the Sky Sports YouTube channel (12 November), Meslier appeared to be impeded by Spurs defender Clement Lenglet in the immediate build-up to Harry Kane’s first-half equaliser.
VAR official Paul Tierney checked the footage but decided that on-field referee Michael Salisbury had not made a clear and obvious error in allowing the goal.
Leeds United went on to lose 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – denying Jesse Marsch’s side a third consecutive victory.
West Ham and Newcastle are among the sides who have had goals incorrectly ruled out for similar decisions already this season.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s another mistake from the referee and from the VAR.
“It affected the game.
“The VAR just can’t seem to get these key decisions right, can they? It’s a blatant foul, whether you look in slow motion or in real-time.
“In the end, it got Spurs back into a game which they probably had no right to be in at the time.”
Leeds United will sit 15th in the Premier League over the mid-season World Cup break, while Tottenham sit fourth.
The Whites face Man City upon their return to action on 28 December.