Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has refused to discuss the display of referee Stuart Attwell after his 10-man side managed 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 not backing down after a free-kick.
But the American took issue with Villa’s perceived time-wasting tactics, which began in the first half as Attwell struggled to maintain control of a moody game in which he booked five more players.
“Ask me another question because I’m not commenting on the official,” Marsch said after home fans chanted “you’re not fit to referee” at the final whistle.
Marsch, who was sent off for arguing with the fourth official in Leeds’ recent defeat at Brentford, said: “I will speak to someone in the league.
“I have already spoken to the refereeing committee, that this (slowing down the game) is clearly a tactic.
“The managers have been informed and they have taken another hour and a half of our time this week to remind us that they are going to do better to control the flow of play in matches.
“I did not create this dialogue. It’s not my agenda, it’s the league’s agenda.
“I feel bad for our fans when they have to watch this. They want to see an energetic game, so I’m going to discuss it with someone. We’ll do it as a club.
Colombia winger Sinisterra received his second yellow card for reaching out with a leg to block Douglas Luiz’s quick free-kick in the 48th minute.
Attwell’s decision infuriated home fans, but Marsch blamed it on his player’s naivety.
“The second yellow is not a smart game and causes trouble for Luis and us,” Marsch said.
Villa came closest to breaking the deadlock when Philippe Coutinho’s second-half volley hit a post and Ollie Watkins headed the rebound wide.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard said he was more “frustrated than disappointed” after his side failed to win against 10 men.
But the former England skipper, who insisted Attwell “had a good game”, had little time for Marsch’s criticism of Villa’s wasted time.
He said: “Was he happy with their loss of time when they went down to 10? It works both ways.
“I’m not really interested in what Jesse thinks and his opinion. We will do what we have to do.
“We wanted to frustrate Leeds. Leeds are a team that want to get into the rhythm, get into the counter press. They want to be aggressive. They play vertically.
“They want to run after you. We slowed down the game to our pace and went to war when we needed to.