By Nick Ware

20th Jun, 2021 | 12:10pm

Adrian Durham deletes Kalvin Phillips tweet after Leeds United fan pressure

Adrian Durham was forced into a humiliating public climbdown on Sunday after he deleted a tweet about Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.

The outspoken talkSPORT host posted a tweet on Saturday night hitting out at the affectionate ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ nickname given to Phillips by Leeds fans.

He said: “Must admit it’s only actually being here in Italy does it sink in just how cringey it is that Phillips is compared to Pirlo. I’m a Phillips fan but that comparison doesn’t stand in any way. I sense Italian football lovers are offended by it.”

The tweet raised many eyebrows as Leeds fans flooded the comments to defend their hero, forcing Durham to later delete his original tweet.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth also got involved, telling Durham “it’s just an affectionate nickname, you’ll be okay.”

He then claimed he had been blocked by Durham, who fired back after a Twitter user questioned it.

Durham wrote on his personal Twitter profile: “It led to a barrage of garbage because he personalised it, made it about me. It was the Italian press, not me. Starting a pile on then crying about being blocked is infinitely more embarrassing.”

Give and take

Durham has never been slow to offer strong verdicts on Leeds, often found slating us in the past, but he’s never so keen when he becomes the butt of the joke, or gets questioned on his comments.

Clearly, Leeds fans do not think Phillips is the second coming of Andrea Pirlo, one of the finest midfielders in the world over the last few decades.

The Italian has won numerous major honours, including the World Cup and Champions League.

But Phillips’ new-found role under Marcelo Bielsa was such a success that fans couldn’t help but create a fun nickname that would entertain the masses while showing our support to Phillips and our acknowledgement of his importance to the team.

One would think such a gesture wouldn’t create controversy, but we didn’t factor in Durham’s constant change of mood and need to moan about something.

Blocking Smyth, a respected journalist covering everything Leeds, further highlights his inane ability to hold a two-way conversation or debate.

In other Leeds United news, Whites scouts are watching this Premier League star and his teammate at Euro 2020 today.