Former referee Dermot Gallagher defended Jeremy Simpson’s performance during the Brentford v Leeds match, as well he would.
Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher backs Jeremy Simpson - and claims he was right to give Brentford a penalty at Elland Road on Saturday:https://t.co/Ov4ZM13u0B— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 8, 2018
Gallagher said that the penalty decision was just and that Ayling’s red card was justified. He also dismissed the headbutt on Alioski by Canos as “one for the FA.”
Of course a former ref is going to back a current ref on TV, so I’m not sure why his input was sought out at all, even though it was pretty obvious to everyone who saw the match that wasn’t supporting the team in the red that Ollie Watkins dove to try a win the penalty.
So whatever, retired referees can say what they like, we all know that Simpson had a terrible game.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Pontus Jansson named in WhoScored’s Championship team of the week. [Through It All Together]
England and English Football Links
Leicester City’s Ben Chillwell has replaced Luke Shaw on the England squad. [BBC.com]
Adidas and Arsenal reached a kit deal that involves some insane amount of money. [The Short Fuse]
World Football Links
Penn FC, the USL team in Harrisburg, PA, is going on “hiatus” for next season as they look for a better stadium solution. Boo. [Brotherly Game]
As much as they would like to, Juventus fans can’t ignore the ugly allegations about Cristiano Ronaldo. [Black & White & Read All Over]
Is Serie A regaining “elite” status? [Chiesa di Totti]
A round-up of last week in Mexico’s LigaMX. [FMF State of Mind]
Former Chivas & River Plate manager Matías Almeyda has been named as manager of the San Jose Earthquakes. Astute Leeds fans will remember that Almeyda was heavily linked with the Leeds job before Bielsa was appointed. [FMF State of Mind]
AC Milan’s Patrick Cutrone and Alessio Romagnoli, along with Inter Milan’s Danilo D’Ambrosio, have been ruled out of the Italy squad for the upcoming Nations League matches. [Football-Italia.net]