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2 things pundits are saying about the controversial penalty incidents after Brentford 5-2 Leeds United

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Leeds United were soundly beaten 5-2 to Brentford on Saturday in a miserable day for Jesse Marsch and his side.

A catalogue of defensive errors, mixed with a poor refereeing display meant Leeds had little chance on the day. 

Marc Roca opened his account for his new club, and Luis Sinisterra scored his third goal for Leeds in just his third start. 

Second best, yes. But did Leeds have right to feel aggrieved? Here’s what the pundits had to say…

Danny Murphy

Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, Danny Murphy sympathised with the Leeds boss, who was sent off for his touchline antics following a penalty incident that went against his side as Crysencio Summerville went down in the box. He said: “I understand his frustration, it was an awful decision.”

He believes Leeds had more of a claim with their penalty shout than Brentford did with theirs when Luis Sinisterra was adjudged to have fouled in the box in the first-half. He added:

“(Their frustration is) probably enhanced by the fact Brentford had got one which was more of a 50:50.”

Summerville’s claim started outside the box, but as he entered Murphy believes he was fouled, he said:

“It looks like a penalty in real time, left arm on the top of the shoulder, and a tangle of legs.”

“Obviously he [Marsch] is apoplectic because he knows it can get them back into the game.”

Tony Gale

Tony Gale of Sky Sports, speaking on The Premier League World feed had a differing view of Sinisterra’s foul, he believed it was a penalty and not a 50:50, he said: “As the leg comes across, I’m like, it’s definitely a penalty. It does look like a foul on Toney.”

He added that it looked clumsy, very much the challenge of an attacker, he said: “A tad untidy but a little bit clumsy and I think it’s the right call.”

Leeds rightly left Brentford feeling frustrated and aggrieved on Saturday.

Not only was the penalty against them contentious, but so was the free-kick given on the edge of their box after Robin Koch’s alleged foul which led to Toney’s second.

Two penalties, and a free-kick, all of which could easily have gone the other way on a day to forget and quickly put behind them for The Whites.

Leeds have had their fair share of poor decisions over the last week, with Marsch also frustrated in the 1-0 loss against Brighton and Hove Albion where he again found himself in the referees’ book.

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