By Craig Scott

10th Dec, 2021 | 2:10pm

Daily Mail out to get Kalvin Phillips once more as Leeds United star targetted by gutter journalism

Kalvin Phillips is an absolute credit to Leeds United. He’s a born and bred Leeds lad who’s risen through the academy of the club he supports to help take them back to the Premier League and make himself a regular for the England national team.

The 26-year-old was one of the heroes of England’s European Championships campaign in the summer and one of the main stars in what has been some of the best years Leeds fans have witnessed in decades.

However, Phillips’ rise seems to have put a target on his back for one national newspaper in particular with the Daily Mail seemingly having it in for the Yorkshire Pirlo.

On Wednesday (8 December), the Daily Mail ran a story where they sent a photographer to take pictures of people who were not wearing facemasks in Selfridges on Oxford Street.

Last Tuesday, the UK government made facemasks compulsory in shops and on public transport.

Despite exemptions that say certain people do not have to wear facemasks, the Daily Mail still decided to photograph Phillips not wearing one properly.

They did it to numerous other shoppers as well but there’s no doubt that pulses were racing among the Daily Mail offices when Phillips was snapped by the photographer.

Why? Because they have a history of targetting the midfielder.

After a stunning performance for England in their Euro 2020 win against Croatia in June, the Mail ran a story that looked at Phillips’ background. And of all the things they added in the headline, it was that the midfielder’s father is currently in prison.

Ex-Bradford player Aaron McClean called the newspaper a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment” on Twitter while Trevor Sinclair urged the media to focus upon Phillips’ achievements.

It’s up to you, the reader, to decide what you think the Mail’s motive might be behind this but if we told you we were shocked, we’d be lying.

It’s gutter journalism, the lowest of the low and Phillips should be seeking an immediate apology for what seems like an invasion of his privacy and also vilification of someone when no one but him knows the full story.

In other Leeds United news, the club wants to sign this international striker after a 20-goal season.