Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has blamed a lack of respect for VAR decisions during their 5-2 loss to Brentford. Marsch was furious when they were denied a penalty after Crysencio Summerville was pulled back by Aaron Hickey. He felt a case for double standards after Brentford was awarded a spot-kick earlier in the game.
“I was speaking with the fourth official, trying to be as respectful as I possibly could. Even when a penalty was given that I probably didn’t think was a penalty and then when you don’t see it reciprocated, it’s the respect,” Leeds manager Jesse Marsch said. “That lack of VAR visit is a lack of respect in the end. I was calm even when Brentford was given the penalty, even though I didn’t see it right away, but normally when the phrasing is ‘clear and obvious and it takes that long to watch it and look at it then for me, it’s not clear and obvious.”
“When I saw it at half-time, I didn’t believe it’s a penalty and if it is, it’s an incredibly soft one. I was told by the referee committee and the league in our managers’ meeting before the season started that the threshold for penalties was going to go up so that was not, for me, represented by that decision,” he added. “Then there’s an action where I think Summerville is actually more of an egregious foul and it doesn’t even get looked at for VAR, I’m clearly dissatisfied. I’ve got to figure out how to have discussions with the league or with referees to help understand how some decisions get made.”
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