Leeds fans react to defender bombshell
By Danny Wright
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news that Liam Cooper will face a hefty six-match suspension.
The 25-year-old was deemed to have stamped on Reece Oxford’s head in Leeds’ loss to Reading on Saturday.
The Football Association confirmed on their official Twitter page that the defender will miss the next five games after already serving the first game of his suspension in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Brentford.
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission, Leeds United defender Liam Cooper to serve a six-match suspension:https://t.co/UamZgNyTJW
— The FA (@FA) April 5, 2017
The length of the ban will come as a bombshell to lots of fans, especially in such a crucial part of the season.
Tyrone Mings was slapped with a five-game ban earlier this season for a stamp on Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Cooper gets another game added on as it’s the second time this campaign he has been suspended, but it adds up to a very harsh punishment.
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He was previously sent off in January’s FA Cup loss to non-league Sutton.
Mings appealed against his charge of violent conduct, but Cooper admitted to his wrongdoing – and Leeds fans are angry that he was still hit with the same length of ban.
They also believe that Reading’s Tyler Blackett should have been dealt with by the FA after what looked like an elbow on Chris Wood.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) April 5, 2017
Even as a #lufc fan I saw Cooper go twice for the head. Not sure 1st deliberate 2nd seemed to be. Blackett needed ban as well though
— Mark Meadows (@Weatherman1965) April 5, 2017
So Mings denies the charge of stamping on Ibrahimovic's head and gets a 5 match ban. Cooper accepts the charge and gets a 6 match ban? #lufc
— 🙂 (@Max_LUFC) April 5, 2017
absolute joke is that I agree with a ban but 6 games is disgraceful especially when blacket got nothing
— ALL LEEDS (@LUFC_456) April 5, 2017
Gotta say the ban for Cooper is a little over the top.. he will now be back for the last game of the season and playoffs if we make it #lufc
— DavidK (@DavidKershaw7) April 5, 2017
I accept Cooper's ban, he deserves it. However, what I don't accept is the elbow on Wood can see be described as unintentional. WTF #LUFC
— Craig Bryant (@MrCricket35) April 5, 2017
— Ed Tierney (@EdTierney1) April 5, 2017
Cooper deserved a lengthy ban 4 wat he did it was clearly deliberate. But for the elbow from Blackett to avoid any reprimand is a joke #lufc
— 3-6 #firefox (@alibud87) April 5, 2017
Cooper has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season but he won’t be available now until the final match of the campaign at relegation-threatened Wigan.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has delivered an emotional message to the fans.