Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez was a clear omission from the 4-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Spaniard was fully fit but was dropped by Marcelo Bielsa after his reaction to being replaced against Leicester the week before.

Hernandez has since apologised, and LUTV pundit Ben Parker believes that the veteran broke the rules at Elland Road.


Parker admitted that Bielsa doesn’t like getting into “handbags” with players, but shared that he couldn’t let Hernandez’ reaction slide.

“Not seeing Pablo involved, I thought initially he might have had a knock,” he said on the LS11 Podcast.

“What it goes to show is the strong management what’s in place, they have rules in place. He doesn’t like getting involved with other players, little handbags here and there.

“Pablo’s reaction, he kind of caused that decision himself. He’s come out and apologised, and to be fair, it’s something out of nothing, you move on.

“You can’t behave like that.”

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Whichever way you look at this, Bielsa wasn’t happy with Hernandez.

The same thing happened with Pontus Jansson, the Swede always made his reactions severe and in public which didn’t reflect well on others at Elland Road.

Yes, we want to see passion from our players, but Hernandez may have taken it one step too far by throwing bottles and throwing a tantrum.

Talks have clearly happened behind-the-scenes, and the Spaniard has since apologised on Instagram and we can finally move on over the international break.

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