Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has been criticised by talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist after the incident in last night’s Premier League defeat where the Whites man went to ground in the Leicester penalty box.
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges hosted the Foxes at Elland Road hoping to build on the momentum from the superb 3-0 win over Aston Villa, but instead found themselves on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat.
Leeds got off to a bad start and were two down by the 21st minute of the game, courtesy of goals from Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans.
Though Stuart Dallas netted on 48 minutes to give Leeds a lifeline, Jamie Vardy netted in the 76th minute before Tielemans wrapped up the scoring from the penalty spot in injury time.
With the score at 2-1, Ayling played the ball past Christian Fuchs and then went to ground in the box, though replays showed the Austrian made no contact with the Leeds man.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Callum Wilson all received criticism over the weekend for apparently going to ground too easily in their respective games and winning penalties.
“Luke Ayling’s was worse,” McCoist told talkSPORT. “That was worse! I think Salah’s and Kane’s were different, and I’ll tell you why, rightly or wrongly.
“What the likes of Salah and Kane are very clever at doing, they are technically being fouled, but then they go down to make the referee make a decision.
“In my opinion in a lot of these occasions, yes they’ve been fouled but they don’t need to go down, therefore if they don’t go down, they don’t get the penalty.
“But there was no excuse for Ayling last night, because there wasn’t any contact!”
It has to be said, McCoist is correct – there was no contact whatsoever between Ayling and Fuchs in the incident that saw the former go to ground in the box.
Given the Leeds man failed in his attempt to win a penalty and his opponent wasn’t punished, there’s no case for retrospective action based on the current rules.
But as such incidents continue to happen week-in, week-out, perhaps it is time to extend retrospective action for players who go to ground if replays show no contact is made, even if no officials are deceived.