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Leeds United news as ex-Premier League referee delivers verdict on 'early' Luke Ayling decision

Here are your Leeds United morning headlines on Monday, April 3.

Ex-Premier League referee Peter Walton issues verdict on Luke Ayling decision

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton believes that the penalty awarded to Arsenal against Leeds for Luke Ayling's challenge on Gabriel Jesus was the correct decision after it left the BT Sport studio split.

With the game still at 0-0, Jesus' touch in the box left Ayling stranded and he clipped the Brazilian's knee having dived in, who subsequently netted from the spot to give the Gunners a 1-0 lead.

That would eventually snowball into a 4-1 win for Mike Arteta's side, but many fans on social media and pundits on the TV took both sides of the argument.

However, Walton seemed to settle the conversation down when he gave his verdict on BT Sport Score after Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage were convinced it was a foul whereas Stephen Craigan was horrified by the decision.

"Yes, [it's the] correct decision.

"What’s happened there is Ayling has bought the dummy from Jesus and gone to ground so early. And it’s his second motion with his leg – he’s left his leg there – which Jesus hits.

"[Stephen Craigan] is saying he’s gone over easy. But it’s a penalty kick. He’s impeded his opponent."

Leeds United's Premier League relegation odds after dramatic weekend

Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth are currently the bookmakers' favourites to suffer relegation from the Premier League.

Southampton and Forest are available on Sky Bet at 4/11 and 8/11 respectively, while Bournemouth are 1/1 to face the drop.

Forest are winless in six games but still sit two points clear of the bottom three, whereas Southampton remain at the foot of the Premier League table.

Read the full story here.

'World at his feet' Leeds United target Alex Scott backed to make Premier League move

Wolves goalkeeper Dan Bentley says Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott has 'the world at his feet' amid reports linking him with a move to Leeds United.

Bentley previously played with Scott at Ashton Gate before signing for Premier League side Wolves during the January transfer window.

Scott has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs, and even earned praise from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola following his performance in their 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup fifth round last month.

Read the full story here.


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