By Mark Smith

5th Mar, 2020 | 3:00pm

Athletic journalist sheds light on Bielsa disciplinary record at Leeds before Hudds clash

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa in one yellow card away from a touchline ban in the Championship.

It was suggested by BBC journalist Adam Pope in the past month that Bielsa is two cautions away, but his card in the EFL Cup earlier in the season appears to apply to the league too.

Bielsa’s last caution was against Middlesbrough in the 1-0 victory, and Hay suggested that he took the card as punishment for his backroom staff.

Hay revealed that his third caution leaves him one away from a touchline ban, something Leeds can’t afford with 10 games to play in the Championship promotion race.

“The initiative turned minor indiscretions into meaningful blemishes and Marcelo Bielsa, the Leeds United head coach, is on the verge of breaching the FA’s first threshold after his yellow card at Middlesbrough last week,” he wrote for the Athletic.

“His third of the season leaves him one booking away from a one-match suspension and a seat in the gods.”

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson was one of the first Championship bosses to earn a one-match suspension, and Hay revealed that many EFL coaches don’t expect the same level of needle from Bielsa on the touchline.

Pablo Quiroga, Carlos Corberan and Diego Reyes have all been booked previously alongside Bielsa, and it would be no surprise to see any of those four cautioned once again.

Just one glance to the technical areas on matchday would show just how frantic it can be for Leeds, who have numerous coaches shouting instructions or simply complaining, it is all going on.

One thing everyone can agree on is that a touchline ban for Bielsa would not be the best, but he rarely lets his own voice be heard on matchday, and it would be his coaches giving the demands once again.

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