Manchester United won 4-2 over Leeds United at Elland Road, with many home supporters believing Scott McTominay should be sacked in the latter period.
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Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has backed the decision not to send Scott McTominay off Manchester United Leeds United’s victory at Elland Road.
McTominay escaped a red card late, having fouled six times in a fiery situation, with one number coming after his 78th minute yellow card.
At 2-3, an angry Elland Road crowd felt the midfielder should have been ordered to march after fouling during a warning.
However, referee Paul Tierney allowed him to stay on to help the visitors not only see victory, but also score another late goal in their 4-2 win.
The Scotland international was also involved in a collision with Leeds midfielder Robin Koch in the first half, for which he could have been warned another day.
However, Gallagher disagreed with that assessment and explained his thoughts, including the “legend” that a yellow shirt player will be sent off if they commit another foul.
“I think referee Paul Tierney handled this and other similar situations in this game really well,” Gallagher said. Sports sky.
“The yellow card procedure is as follows: a challenge is just a foul without further action? Is it an offense with extra advice? Or is something a foul with a yellow card?
“Once someone gets a yellow card, that process starts all over again. There’s a myth that because you’re getting a yellow card, the next foul means you’re off the field. That’s not right.
“What happens is you’re back in the square. It could be the next tackle, you’re sent off, but it could also be that you’ve accumulated a lot of tackles. “
He continued: “In situations like these, Mark Clattenburg is an expert at knowing when two fouls can be paired to equalize a red goal.
“But McTominay then never committed a second yellow card.
“He went far, but Mark is really good at telling a player to stop.
“That means whatever happens in the next foul, the player will be sent off. The referees do this well now.”
Gallagher was also asked to give his opinion on Leeds’ second goal, which came just 24 seconds after their first and after a tackle witnessed. Bruno Fernandes appeal for a foul.
VAR decided to uphold the decision on the pitch, another call Gallagher agreed to: “I think he holds the ball a lot and for me this sums up the game.
“The second half was fantastic and both players played together. For me, he had a lot of the ball and it was a good save.
“Fernandes didn’t expect him to be there and for me there’s nothing wrong with that.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/leeds-vs-man-utd-mctominay-26294253 The "legendary" Scott McTominay was debunked after the controversy in Man Utd's victory over Leeds