The Leeds United fans are split “50/50” on Ezgjan Alioski‘s move to Galatasaray, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender admitted he also saw both sides of the argument but could understand why the 29-year-old had chosen to join the Turkish outfit.
Football Insider revealed that Alioski has agreed a pre-contract deal with Galatasaray ahead of the summer.
It has sparked outrage as two Leeds supporters were stabbed to death by Galatasaray fans ahead of the 2000 Uefa cup semi-final between the two sides.
Alioski has scored 22 goals from 162 appearances in four seasons at Leeds.
“It’s a difficult one,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“You have to look at the player’s point of view, it might be his only option available. He’s trying to look after his family, he’s trying to look after his career. He wasn’t around when all those things were happening and going on.
“It’s 50/50 from Leeds fans, some fans will understand and get it, he’s got to make a living, it’s his job. But others, because of the incredible tragic circumstances, will look and think ‘No, we’re not having that in any way shape or form.’
“I look at it from both sides and perspectives. What happened, happened and it was unbelievably tragic. But Alioski was eight at the time and we all know and understand so can you really punish him and say he can’t play for that club? Where do you draw the line?
“That would be my biggest question when you go down that route. When do you say it’s acceptable and when do you say it’s not?
“We all know the spitefulness between Manchester United [fans]. I understand for the families it’s horrific and our thoughts and prayers will always be with them no matter what.
“From Alioski’s point of view, it’s ‘I’ve got a family that I need to provide for in these circumstances. Is it fair that I can’t make a living for my family because of something that happened 20 years ago?’ That’s where it becomes difficult.”