Jesse Marsch frustrated as Leeds are held by Aston Villa

Jesse Marsch, Manager of Leeds United


Leeds boss Jesse Marsch refused to discuss referee Stuart Attwell’s display after his 10-man side held on to draw 0-0 with Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Marsch, watching from the stands due to a touchline ban, had no complaints about Leeds winger Luis Sinisterra’s controversial second-half dismissal for failing to retreat from a free-kick.

But the American took issue with Villa’s perceived time-wasting tactics, which started in the first half, as Attwell struggled to retain control of an ill-tempered game in which he booked five other players.

“Ask me another question because I’m not commenting on the official,” said Marsch after home fans sang a chorus of “you’re not fit to referee” at the final whistle.

Marsch, sent off for arguing with the fourth official in Leeds’ recent defeat defeat at Brentford, said: “I will be speaking to somebody from the league.

“I’ve already spoken to the refereeing committee, that this (slowing the game down) is clearly a tactic.

“Managers were told and they took up another hour-and-a-half of our time this week to remind us that they’re going to do better at controlling the run of play in matches.

“I didn’t create that dialogue. That’s not my agenda, that’s the league’s agenda.

“I feel bad for our fans when they have to watch that. They want to see an energetic game, so I’ll be discussing that with somebody. We will as a club.”

Colombia winger Sinisterra received his second yellow card for sticking out a leg to block Douglas Luiz’s quickly-taken free-kick in the 48th minute.

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