Leeds boss criticises Varney's "harsh" red card at Millwall

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LEEDS United boss Neil Warnock says football is "going soft" after describing Luke Varney's red card against Millwall as "harsh".

Varney was dismissed in the 48th minute of the Lions' dramatic 1-0 win at The Den after elbowing Tottenham loanee Adam Smith in the face.

But Warnock told Sky Sports: "I thought it was harsh. He's put his arms up, I know he has, but he's not gone in with his elbow like referee Mark Halsey says he has.

"He elbows him below the chin but the kid's gone down like he's been poleaxed in his head. We felt we had a clear penalty as well but you don't get those decisions sometimes and I can't fault the lads.

"It was difficult with 11 men but with ten we still pushed the best we could. We left three up front and had a go. I had no complaints with effort today.

"I'm disappointed with an experienced ref. In the first-half he played an advantage but never went back and booked him (Josh Wright).

"It is difficult. I enjoyed it and I thought we played well. At half-time with 11 men we felt we had a great chance to go on and win the game.

"But to have it taken away like that – the game's getting soft. That's not a proper sending-off.  I don't know what the game is coming to."

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6 thoughts on “Leeds boss criticises Varney's "harsh" red card at Millwall

  • November 18, 2012 at 16:05
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    and another sour grape...everyone hates losing to us!

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  • November 18, 2012 at 16:07
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    Warnock stop being a mug apart from being a bit edgy wall deserved the win dont start blaming the ref and giv us some credit 10 unbeaten enough said milllllllllllllllllllllllll

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    • November 18, 2012 at 20:15
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      The comments by Warnock are an absolute crock.
      He'll soon be another one that is looking over his shoulder at the exit door. What absolute garbage he and his team are under his tuition. Mighty Leeds ? Once maybe, but no longer. It's fascinating that teams like Leeds are still living in dreamland with thoughts of the Premiership and European football. The Leeds squad is good enough and they have some very good players but BAD management is what their problem is. Never mind the play-offs they'll be lucky not to be in the bottom three after the next three games. Millwall are on a roll due to GOOD management, the acquisition of good players and a team that plays for the manager. All that with less than half of the revenue that Leeds get based on attendences.
      He'll soon be collecting his P45 and trying to resurrect relagation candiadates from League two and GOOD RIDDANCE because if he thinks away at Millwall is tough he needs to get a reality check.

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  • November 18, 2012 at 16:28
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    how can warnock say footballs gone soft why dont he take a look at the game and see diouf diving around like bambi on ice look at the amount of dodgy free kicks he won today

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  • November 18, 2012 at 21:12
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    I suppose he has to say something but, c'mon Neil, elbowing someone in the the throat IS a red card; throwing yourself into the defenders arms like Lisa Riley on Strictly whilst the ball sails 10ft over your head and out of play is NOT a penalty. What about Bechio's push in the area in the first half, now that Neil IS a penalty.

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  • November 18, 2012 at 23:29
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    Looks due for a long stint in the nut house. How the linesman and 4th official took so much abuse frankly amazes me - looked very much like he has lost the dressing room...a poor poor side.

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