Jim White and Simon Jordan tell Leeds United and Raphinha to 'get on with it' amid Brazil dispute
Jim White and Simon Jordan have little sympathy for Leeds United and Raphinha amid the latest international controversies.
After September’s debacle with the furore over Argentina players not quarantining properly, a new storm has emerged.
This time, Premier League clubs, including Leeds, have made a request to the Brazilian FA to release their international stars early [Daily Mail], missing their final games.
Brazil’s third game of the international break comes against Uruguay on October 15, a day before Leeds play Southampton, sparking fears over Raphinha’s participation.
White and Jordan have little sympathy for the 24-year-old and the Whites, though, as they expressed on talkSPORT [10:40, 06/10/21].
White said: “The bottom line is Simon, you say four words, ‘get on with it’, it’s as simple as that. Get on with it.”
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Jordan: “How could it not be, you’ve won the battle.”
White: “That goes for Raphinha at Leeds as well, he’s at Southampton on the Saturday. Get on with it.”
Trevor Sinclair expressed concerns he may miss a couple of Leeds fixtures [v Southampton and Wolves]. “If he’s not double jabbed, he won’t be available for ten days,” Sinclair said.
Jordan: “FIFA on their behalf have won the battle, they’ve got them to give them dispensations and exemptions, come on now.”
Leeds at loggerheads
The Whites are clearly keen to protect themselves from a world where Raphinha is a doubt for the trip to Southampton on October 16.
The 2020 signing from Rennes has been their star man this season, despite a wobbly start for the Whites.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side only won their first Premier League game on Saturday after seven attempts, but that’s been through no fault of Raphinha, who is their top scorer with three goals.
In defence of Leeds, it does seem nonsensical that Raphinha could be playing in South America on the Friday, and be expected to return and play in England the next day. The fixture schedule is baffling.
In other Leeds United news, a BBC pundit has called for a lifetime ban after this Whites player incident.