By Harvey Byrne
Garry Monk was handed a one-match ban which will see him miss Saturday’s clash against Derby – and Leeds fans took to Twitter to air their disgust at the news.
The FA confirmed on Monday afternoon that the former Swansea manager will be suspended from the dugout on Saturday, as well as being given a £2,000 fine for his actions during the final moments of Leeds’ 1-0 loss to Bristol City.
Assistant Pep Clotet will take charge of the Yorkshire club in Monk’s absence against the Rams, who are also without a manager following Nigel Pearson’s departure on Saturday.
Fans of the Yorkshire giants took to social media after the news broke that their manager had been banned, with some wondering why the FA would ban Monk, but not pass censure on controversial owner Massimo Cellino.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Paul Cunningham (@ScunnyLUFC) October 10, 2016
Cellino is a proven fraudster yet gets away with bloody murder and Monk who wears his heart on his sleeve gets a touch line ban 😩😩 #lufc
— Armo #LS39 (@Jordan_Armo) October 10, 2016
— ☠ Mr H 🍷 ⚖ 英 (@ChrisJHudson) October 10, 2016
You ban Monk but you refuse to ban Cellino. Bin dippers https://t.co/Iakxt1d829
— ️BC (@VintageRoofe) October 10, 2016
@FA Ban Cellino from football. Cheers.
— Michael (@Michael88445) October 10, 2016
@FA so you leave a man like Cellino in charge of a Football Club but ban a good manager for a few swear words? Well done lads 👏🏼👏🏼
— Matty James (@MattyJamesLUFC) October 10, 2016
Cellino, who took over the Yorkshire giants in 2014 had previously been banned by the Football League, after he was found guilty of tax evasion in Italy.
The 60-year-old owner is currently the subject of an FA inquiry into allegations that he agreed an illegal payment of £185,000 during the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham.
He was also recently filmed by the Telegraph offering undercover reporters posing as an investment firm a way to circumvent FA and Fifa third-party ownership rules.
Fans of the club are keen for the Italian to leave Elland Road, with a number of protests being held against the owner in the past year.