'Very harshly treated': Sky pundit hits out following Burnley versus Leeds United incident

Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Burnley were “very harshly treated” after seeing their first-half equaliser ruled out against Leeds United.

Sunday, 27th December 2020, 1:32 pm
Leeds United's French goalkeeper Illan Meslier (L) catches the ball under pressure from Burnley's New Zealand striker Chris Wood (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Burnley at Elland Road. (Photo by NIGEL FRENCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Whites led 1-0 after Patrick Bamford’s fourth-minute penalty before Ashley Barnes’ celebrations were cut short.

Referee Roberts Jones penalised Ben Mee for a foul on Whites goalkeeper Illan Meslier but Robinson strongly disagrees with his decision.

“I think Burnley are unlucky in all honesty,” he told Sky Sports during half-time.

“If the goalkeeper comes that far, he has to come and take everything.

“Ben Mee has got his back to goal, he’s not looking at the goalkeeper, he doesn’t know what’s behind him.

“He’s actually been very brave, he’s done what Sean Dyche has asked him to do.

“They’ve practiced set plays where they float them into the box. As a central defender, he’s gone back into the goalkeeper.

“From a goalkeeper point of view, he’s the one looking at everything. You expect the goalkeeper to come across the top of everything, clear everything out and punch that ball away.

“It’s a very harsh foul to punish Ben Mee. He’s not looking at anything but the ball.

"He’s not obstructed or lent into the goalkeeper with his arms, he merely jumps for a ball that he thought was his right to jump for and I think it was his right too.

“I think Burnley have been very harshly treated there.”