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EFL make surprising decision ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Norwich City

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There was plenty of fallout following Leeds United’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough last month, when the Whites got the better of former boss Garry Monk, thanks to goals from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski.

Goals from Hernandez and Alioski, either side of half-time, put Leeds in full control of the contest, with Thomas Christiansen’s side seemingly breezing towards three points heading into the final 15 minutes.

However, Boro were awarded a route back into the contest through a controversial Britt Assombalonga penalty, which was awarded by assistant, James Mainwaring.

Mainwaring failed to spot a foul by Daniel Ayala on Luke Ayling, before Ayling proceeded to haul his opponent to the ground, which resulted in the award of a Boro penalty.

Less than a month after Mainwaring made himself the villain of Elland Road, the official is set to return, with the EFL confirming his appointment ahead of Leeds’ clash with Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Mainwaring was hit with a volley of abuse from Leeds’ supporters following his controversial decision against Middlesbrough, with objects also thrown towards the match official, which is being investigated by the FA.

Leeds enter Saturday’s contest with Norwich in seventh, whilst the Canaries sit 16th.

The Verdict

This is a surprise and bold appointment by the EFL, with Leeds’ victory over Middlesbrough still fresh in the memory of those at Elland Road.

Of course, Mainwaring’s decision did not play a part in where the three points ended up that afternoon, but it certainly caused controversy.

Leeds’ supporters are sure to make sure the official doesn’t forget the decision he made the last time he visited Elland Road.

Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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