By Craig Scott

19th Jan, 2020 | 1:30pm

'Disgraceful' - Sky Sports pundit tears £20,000-a-wk Leeds player to shreds

Danny Higginbotham has claimed that Kalvin Phillips could have caused a serious injury to Geoff Cameron as Leeds United lost 1-0 to QPR on Saturday.

Phillips, 24, faces a three-match ban after a horrific challenge on Cameron led to him being sent off in the closing stages of Leeds’ defeat at Loftus Road.

It was a late, two-footed lunge by the defensive midfielder and he was really lucky that the QPR player did not suffer something as bad as a broken leg.

Sky Sports pundit Higginbotham, a former team-mate of Cameron’s during his time at Stoke, was quick to blast Phillips for the red-card incident.

“There are no excuses for it,” said Higginbotham during commentary on Sky Sports Football on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a horrific challenge. Absolutely disgraceful challenge. Phillips knows straight away.

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“It gets worse every time you see it and when he gets up he goes over to Geoff Cameron to apologise, and quite rightly so, Geoff Cameron is having none of it.

“The only saving grace in it is that Geoff Cameron is alright because that could cause a really bad injury. We don’t want to see it on the field. It’s a red card.”

As good as Phillips is, we all know that he has something like this in his locker and every now and then, the red mist can descend.

It is good that he can be an aggressive player – it is what makes him such a good defensive midfielder that should one day play for England.

However there is a line, and Phillips crossed it with that needless lunge at Cameron.

We want to see fight from the Leeds players. We want to see them flying into tackles and getting stuck in. But nobody wants to see tackles like that on the football pitch.

Phillips deserves his three-match ban but he has left an almighty selection headache for manager Marcelo Bielsa to deal with.

The Argentine cannot be happy with the £20,000-a-week [Daily Mail] midfielder.

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