Luton Town manager Nathan Jones apologised for sparking a touchline bust-up with Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez on Tuesday night.
After Leeds drew 1-1 with the Hatters, Jones revealed that he and Hernandez had “an argument in his native tongue”, although the former Stoke manager never revealed what he actually said to the Spanish midfielder.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay has since reported what Jones actually said to Hernandez and we can see why it got the usually-cool 35-year-old all worked up.
“Nathan Jones is a niggly individual and the argument between him and Hernandez was very strange,” Hay said on The Phil Hay Show podcast.
“I’m told he called Hernandez a ‘son of a b****’ in Spanish at full-time but I have absolutely no idea why and I don’t know what the argument was over. Obviously, Hernandez took great exception to that.”
Hernandez is usually such a calm and collected character but on this occasion, he was clearly irate with something that Jones said.
Jones played down what he said to Hernandez after the match but, to be fair to him, did say sorry and admit that the bust-up was his fault.
We wonder if the FA will do anything about this because what Jones said sparked a bit of a bust-up at full-time and at the moment, clubs need to be doing everything they can to keep people away from each other to stop the potential spread of the coronavirus.
Jones should get a touchline ban for something like this. It simply isn’t something that a manager should be doing.
You can bet anything that if it was Marcelo Bielsa who called someone what Jones called Hernandez then there would be an uproar in the media, calls for him to be banned and the EFL or FA would step in.
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