Two 4-1 defeats in a row have left Leeds United rocking but Saturday’s game was notable for one other reason.
Pablo Hernandez was dropped after his reaction to getting subbed in the game against Leicester when he ripped his black armband off and kicked a water bottle.
Marcelo Bielsa didn’t mention this in his pre-match press conference so when Hernandez was missing from the squad on Saturday, it came as a surprise.
Bielsa confirmed that he wasn’t injured after the match and Hernandez duly apologised on his Instagram account.
Pablo Hernandez on Instagram pic.twitter.com/Nn7wClvztJ
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 8, 2020
Athletic journalist Phil Hay relayed the news and it sparked some different reactions on Twitter.
Some Leeds fans thought it was a poor reaction from Hernandez but that the apology was enough to move on.
Others thought that irrespective of the incident, Hernandez should have played and was a real miss on Saturday.
There’s no doubt he was a miss. Without Rodrigo – himself recovering from Covid-19 – Hernandez is the creative spark that could have made a difference on Saturday.
But, Bielsa is a man with strong principles and he obviously felt that a public statement needed to be made. Hernandez has previous here as well.
Many fans think this is enough to draw a line over the whole thing and the player still has the support of the overwhelming majority of supporters.
Hopefully, this will be consigned to the history books after the international break.
Here are the best reactions from Leeds fans…
He was our only chance to unpick Leicesters defense that night, the only player we have with that bit of genius, he was rightly pissed off at being subbed.
— LUFC Noel 🏆 (@NoelMUR71904709) November 8, 2020
Apart from hitting the bar, he did very little to justify the ire in subbing him off. That petulance is a poor example from a player that should know better. He was rightly omitted from the squad yesterday.
— Howie Bellafonté (@HowieBellafonte) November 8, 2020
Absolutely bizarre this whole episode. Punished for being pissed off at getting subbed. Would we rather see lads jog off high fiving everyone. Bielsa is miles off on this one
— leigh abbott (@leighabbott86) November 8, 2020
It’s poor from Bielsa in my opinion to drop him and take away our main creative player for something so daft. To make an example of him when no fans were even outraged by his reaction seems very over the top. Love Bielsa but we can’t afford to leave A fit Pablo at home
— Adam Room (@AdamRoom17) November 8, 2020
Bielsa has said before he thinks that kind of reaction is disrespectful to the player coming on
— Dom 🏆 (@dommer14) November 8, 2020
He’s apologised so that should be the end of it. Pablo has built up more than enough credit in the bank over the last 4 years and it takes a good person to admit when they have made a mistake. Hope he’s in the squad for our next match.
— Dan Waller (@Lorimer_7) November 8, 2020
Let’s move on. We need him and Bielsa so hopefully this is a storm in a teacup.
In life, winners will never accept losing.
— ryan (@ryanjshaws) November 8, 2020
The last the club needs are riffs developing between management and playing staff so early on in the season. Like Lennon and McCartney, they both need each other to realise their potential this season. #lufc
— Tom (@murgs78) November 8, 2020
Actually annoys me that he has had to apologise I’d be more concerned if he meekly accepted being taken off nothing wrong with having + showing that passion
— Matt🏆 (@LUFCWAFFLE) November 8, 2020
Apology accepted, move on 👍
— Lindsay Mckay (@Lindsaythebiker) November 8, 2020
We move on.
— Lee_1919 🏆 (@L33W1919) November 8, 2020
No drama pab hand slapped now move on
— JOHN R COCKER (@COCKERFC007) November 8, 2020
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