Leeds United director of football Victor Orta and head of communications James Mooney were given one-match bans and fined for their protests to referee Darren England at half-time in the 3-2 win against Millwall.
Millwall were 2-0 up at the time after a string of bad decisions from England when Orta had to be physically restrained as he attempted to approach England.
Feelings were running high as owner Andrea Radrizzani was moved to tweet about the referee at half time saying he was “speechless” at the level of officiating in the match.
Speechless 😶…in two years I have seen a lot but the level shown tonight is not acceptable for a professional league. Time to improve, use technology support and prepare professionals fit to work at the top level of football
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) January 28, 2020
According to England’s match report, “At half time, after we left the field of play and walking up the tunnel… Victor Orta had to be physically restrained by tunnel stewards as he was attempting to get to me and my colleagues.
“Along with this he was heard shouting ‘You love messing with people’s lives and families’ which again was aimed at us.”
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post Orta claimed he actually said, “You are messing with a lot of peoples’ families, please be fair”, but he has apologised to England.
Mooney attempted to show England footage of the ball going out of play on his phone before the referee awarded Millwall a penalty.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Paul Robinson said it was good to see the passion from Radrizzani and Orta, and that it showed how much the people around the club cared about Leeds.
“It’s nice to see his passion and how much they care for the club”, Robinson said.
“It’s not often you see senior figures have an opinion about things that are going on at the club. I think it shows how much people around the club care about Leeds.”
Orta said he was affected by the poor run of form that Leeds were in.
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