Raphinha faces ban this weekend
08 Sep 2021 08:00 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Wednesday 8th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Raphinha faces ban this weekend
Leeds face an anxious wait to find out whether Raphinha will be suspended for this weekend's clash against Liverpool! They are one of six Premier League clubs who refused to release players for Brazil's recent World Cup qualifiers.
Fifa will decide in the next 24 hours whether to implement a ban on Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City's Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, Manchester United's Fred, Leeds forward Raphinha, and Everton striker Richarlison.
Complaints from the Chilean, Mexican and Paraguayan associations have already led to player bans for Wolves, Newcastle, Watford and Blackburn.
According to Leeds Chairman Andrea Radrizzani, he claims that Raphinha was given the choice, and opted to decline his first Senior call up in favour of playing on Sunday. According to the Leeds owner :
There were scenes of chaos last weekend during the encounter between South American giants Brazil and Argentina. Government officials stormed the pitch after 5 minutes as overseas Argentinian players had not quarantined properly. Lionel Scaloni and his squad then made a hasty departure to the nearest airport. It was a right Messi!"We invited him to make a decision and he decided no," "He showed great respect for his club and the Premier League in giving up this opportunity to play for his country for the first time."
Leeds thugs attack Derby teenager
A gang of Leeds United hooligans dragged a teenage Derby County fan off a train and attacked him after the youngster taunted the group following the Ram's play off victory over the Whites three months earlier. The chance encounter happened as Leeds fans were returning from Stoke Derby Crown Court heard. The thugs dragged their victim from his carriage, kicking and punching him to the floor after the 19yo chanted
Judge Jonathan Bennett told the trio:"where were you at Wembley?
The prosecution counsel stated:"You may have been provoked by the other group but, unfortunately, you got involved in varying degrees in violence. "It is a very serious incident in my view, it was fairly sustained and at least two people got injured. "Football violence is often people like you, in employment, who for some reason appear to get a thrill or adrenaline rush from fighting other supporters."
These aren't kids having a ruck, these are grown men in their 30's and 40's. One of them was 47. Two out of the three caught had previous football banning orders! Have you witnessed anything like this before? How do you feel that they call themselves Leeds fans?"There was chanting between the two sets of supporters and the teenager started singing 'where were you at Wembley?' which angered the Leeds group. "One of them got on the Derby train and punched one man before the teenager was dragged off the train. "He later recalled being curled up on the floor being kicked and stamped on by the group.
"One member of the public was overheard saying 'look at what they are doing, he's only a kid' while a family with a young child were coming down the stairs to the platform and when they saw what was happening went back up the stairs. "The young child there was described as being upset."
Gelhart hat-trick on England U20 debut
Joe Gelhardt scored a hat-trick on his England U20 debut, as the young Lions thrashed their Romanian counterparts 6-1. The Leeds No 30 was a first half substitute following an injury to Villa's Philogene-Bidace after just twelve minutes.
Less than ten minutes into his debut, he opened his account! He doubled his tally on 52 minutes before dispatching his third from the penalty, spot ten minutes from time. Cody Drameh, Lewis Bate and Sam Greenwood all started the game!