Watch: Leeds left furious after Dan James denied ‘clear’ penalty

Leeds United and Watford players confront Referee - October 2021

Leeds United fans were left furious after winger Dan James was denied a penalty after being dragged down in the box during their 1-0 win over Watford at Elland Road this Saturday. 

James, who joined the West Yorkshire club from Manchester United last summer, appeared to be hacked down by Hornets defender William Troost-Ekong in the penalty area during the 20th minute of the match as he chased a through ball from Rodrigo. But could only watch as his desperate appeals were waved away by referee Simon Hooper.

The decision by the officials lead to near-deafening boos from the home supporters and caused a strong outpour on social media, with some supporters even comparing the incident to a similar one in which James was involved while he was still playing for the Red Devils where he was awarded a spot-kick.

Thankfully for Marcelo Bielsa’s side the moment did not prove to be crucial as the Whites went on to pick up all three points from the encounter – a result which saw Leeds climb to 16th on the Premier League table.

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