Noel Whelan claims Leeds United shouldn’t have been given a penalty against Arsenal when Patrick Bamford was brought down inside the box during the second half of Sunday’s game.
The former Leeds man, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that the overturned Arsenal penalty in the first half was more of a spot-kick than Leeds’ claim.
In the first half, Bukayo Saka was brought down inside the box by Liam Cooper but VAR overturned the referee’s decision after he pointed for an Arsenal penalty.
During the second half, Bamford broke into the box and was brought down by a combination of Cedric Soares and Gabriel but on this occasion, no spot-kick was given.
The decision was checked by VAR but they failed to spot a clear and obvious error so the game continued as normal.
Whelan has claimed that certain people are ‘grasping’ when it comes to penalty decisions in the Premier League and admitted the Bamford incident was not worthy of a penalty.
“I didn’t think it was a penalty personally. I really didn’t,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“The Saka penalty in the first half that got disallowed was more of a penalty, I’m very surprised that got overturned after watching it back.
“Look, we’re grasping at certain things here when you think there’s going to be penalties for that.
“No, the Saka one was a definite penalty because Cooper tripped him but the Bamford one, no, not for me.”
The incident occurred while the scoreline was 4-2 to Arsenal and a penalty would’ve given Leeds a chance to put late pressure on the hosts.
Arsenal saw out the victory and leapfrogged the visitors in the Premier League table as Leeds fell back to 11th place.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan believes Bielsa made the wrong call over three players in Sunday’s loss.