Millwall’s Tom Bradshaw has been accused of a ‘clear act of simulation’ to win a penalty in the 2-1 win over Leeds by a former head referee.

Bradshaw was deemed to be brought down by Gaetano Berardi in the 16th minute when through on goal, a foul referee James Linington warranted a red card and a penalty which Jed Wallace converted.

Keith Hackett, former head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, took to social media to slam Linington, claiming Leeds's appeal will lead to an automatic three-match ban being overturned.

"Well what a very poor piece of officiating, Millwall v Leeds United," he tweeted.

"Leeds will win their appeal against a red card.

"It was not a penalty kick, a clear act of simulation."


Hackett went further by suggesting that referees should be held accountable for their actions and incorrect decisions by being taken out of the firing line for a month.

"The PGMOL no longer operates an appropriate accountability process," he continued.

"I operated the business in a similar way to that of a Premier League manager.

“If a centre-forward stops scoring he is replaced in the team.

“Should be no different for referees."

Hackett’s ideas of referee accountability will be welcome by all, including those at Millwall having already secured the three points.

Bradshaw went on to score sublime effort to double the Lions lead before Leeds pulled a goal back after the break through Ezgjan Alioski.

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