Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leeds United 2, Manchester City 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leeds United 2, Manchester City 1

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Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan last night launched a scathing attack on referee Alan Wiley after the official cost his side at least a point in their crunch relegation clash at Leeds.

With the game deadlocked at 1-1, Wiley controversially awarded Leeds a dubious penalty when Alan Smith chased a through-ball with Daniel van Buyten. The initial contact, if there was any, appeared to be outside the area before Smith tumbled to the ground but Wiley pointed to the spot and sent off the Belgian international.

Mark Viduka stroked home the spot-kick for his eighth goal of the season to lift Leeds off the foot of the Premiership and within two points of safety.

It is not the first time Keegan has been left frustrated by a Wiley decision as the referee also contentiously dismissed Nicolas Anelka towards the end of City's 2-1 defeat at Arsenal last month.

And Keegan is hoping Wiley will admit to his mistake and rescind the red card for van Buyten, although there is little that can be done about the result. …

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