‘Not paying attention’ – Leeds United set for referee reunion that drew the ire of Angus Kinnear

Darren England will referee Leeds United’s Premier League match against Everton, 18 months after feeling the wrath of Angus Kinnear after an error-littered display against Millwall.

The Whites welcome the Toffees to Elland Road on Saturday looking to respond to last weekend’s drubbing against Manchester United.

Whilst Leeds’ attention will be firmly fixed on the field and focused on earning a better result, Saturday’s referee adds an interesting sub-plot to the afternoon.

England will officiate Leeds for the first time since a controversial performance at Elland Road in February 2020.

The Championship official took charge of Leeds’ clash against Millwall, where the Whites had to battle from two goals down to win 3-2, in no small part due to a series of baffling first-half decisions from England.

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They were the latest in a long line of below-par refereeing performances at Elland Road, which prompted Kinnear to criticise the standard of officiating in his programme notes for the following match.

“The only negative from that match was that the standard of EFL officiating was once again bought into question,” he wrote.

“While most of our feedback to the match official assessors this season has been around interpretation of the rules, some of the decisions against Millwall forced us to add ‘simply not paying attention’ to our list of concerns.

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“I am confident that Leeds United provide the most comprehensive post-match feedback of any Championship club. Our report on the Millwall game highlighted 17 separate decisions that we felt were worthy of review and, to the credit of the assessors, they will review the video of each decision and provide a perspective in return.

“Hopefully this endeavour can lead to an improvement over time, however, in the short term, the fact that erroneous decisions have conservatively cost the club over 10 points this season is cause for significant concern.

“As we do not believe there is any anti-Leeds conspiracy or agenda, we can only concede that EFL referees have challenges with handling the pressure of higher-profile occasions.”

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