Leeds United Super Fans react to major Raphinha-Liverpool report
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Leeds United Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our Leeds Insider Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road…
Leeds United fans have expressed their dismay at the news that Raphinha is set to miss Sunday’s clash with Liverpool as a result of a FIFA ruling.
Raphinha, 24, was in line to make his fourth start of the Premier League season this weekend when the Whites play host to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, Leeds have been banned from playing the winger by FIFA, and will risk possible sanctions if they do not comply.
That’s according to The Times, with Paul Joyce reporting that Raphinha will be unavailable for a five-day period after the Brazil Football Association asked FIFA to enforce the ban.
Brazil complained that Leeds, along with other Premier League clubs, had unfairly prevented Raphinha from representing his nation for their World Cup qualifiers this month, while the Whites argument was that it was a non-starter due to quarantine regulations.
We asked our panel of Leeds Super Fans for their reaction to the news that Raphinha will miss the clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
Here’s what they had to say…
Time for James to announce himself
It remains to be seen whether an appeal can be launched that will earn Raphinha a reprieve for Sunday, but in the event of that nor being a possibility, Dan James may well be handed his Whites debut from the start.
The deadline day signing from Manchester United is still on international duty with Wales and hasn’t had the chance to training with his new teammates yet, but is likely to come into contention for Sunday with Raphinha absent.
Marcelo Bielsa’s other options are to shift Stuart Dallas out wide or hand a first Premier League start to Crysencio Summerville.
In other Leeds United news, Jim White has shared his instant reaction to a major Whites controversy live on talkSPORT.