Noel Whelan slammed Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez for his reaction to being substituted in yesterday’s 4-1 loss against Leicester City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry striker said that the 35-year-old’s actions were “disrespectful” and “petulant”.

The Spanish playmaker was replaced by Tyler Roberts just after the hour mark, throwing his remembrance armband to the floor in disgust at the decision.

Hernandez was making his first start since the opening day loss against Liverpool in the absence of the self-isolating Rodrigo Moreno.

Whelan disagreed with Bielsa’s decision to replace the experienced midfielder with Roberts but was still angered by Hernandez’s reaction.

“I do not want to see his armband being thrown to the floor,” he told Football Insider.

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“I do no think he should have been taken off because the momentum was with us at the time. He was busy, getting on the ball and trying to make things happen. We lost that momentum when he came off.

“He is going to be upset that he came off and rightly so because he will have felt that he was dictating the game at that time. But I do not want to see petulance like that.

“You cannot be throwing armbands down, that is disrespectful. Be angry by all means but you are a player that people look up to. It is not nice to see that.”

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