Exclusive: Whelan rips into Orta after official Leeds statement
Noel Whelan has blasted Leeds United chief Victor Orta after he was handed a one-game ban and a fine for his behaviour in the win over Millwall.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker says that members of the board should hold themselves to a higher standard and set the example for the rest of the club.
[2/3] Victor Orta admitted that his language and/or behaviour in the tunnel area at half time amounted to improper conduct and James Mooney admitted that his behaviour during a separate incident in the tunnel area at half time also amounted to improper conduct.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) February 6, 2020
Speaking about the senior figure’s actions and subsequent punishment, Whelan blasted the Spaniard for allowing himself to bring himself and the club into disrepute.
“Let’s start where it is, no member of the board should be getting involved in that particular way – they’ve got to hold themselves accountable and conduct themselves in a better manner,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“You’re representing the club, we know the frustrations but if you’re asking the players to hold their frustrations and keep their emotions in check on the field, you’ve got to lead by example.
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“Unfortunately, we know he’s passionate, so are the players, but you can’t conduct yourself in a certain way when you’re representing a football club. Whatever fine and ban he got, you’ve got to take it on the chin and learn from it.”
Leeds were losing 2-0 to Millwall at half-time at Elland Road when Orta’s indiscretion took place, with a number of questionable officiating decisions made.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men fought back to win the match 3-2, goals from Patrick Bamford and Pablo Hernandez wrapping up the three points.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan says he was blown away by a “remarkable” sight this week.