By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans delivered mixed verdicts on the club’s discipline problems on Twitter after a BBC journalist delivered a team news update.
United will be without suspended trio Samuel Saiz, Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi for Sunday’s Championship clash against Bristol City – and Pontus Jansson could soon join them in the sin bin if he falls foul of the officials once again.
BBC Radio Leeds correspondent Adam Pope reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday night that playmaker Saiz and defensive pair Cooper and Berardi will serve the final game of their respective bans for dismissals against Newport County, Millwall and Cardiff City respectively.
Pope also highlighted that key central defender Pontus Jansson is just a single yellow card away from being stuck with a two-game suspension.
A reminder that Samu Saiz, Liam Cooper & Gaetano Berardi complete their respective suspensions by missing Sunday’s visit of Bristol City. Pontus Jansson remains on 9 cautions which will lead to a two match ban if he collects a 10th by game 37. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) February 12, 2018
Leeds fans are concerned at the prospect of Jansson slipping up as he walks a disciplinary tightrope for the must-win fixtures.
Other supporters spoke about the imminent return of playmaker and star man Saiz, with one predicting he will play his last games for the club before quitting anyway in the summer.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Saiz will be back to play a few games, probably his last for Leeds. No doubt that someone will come in for him in the summer.
— simon holland (@si_holl_lufc) February 12, 2018
Not a Cooper fan, but prob best option to partner Pontus until sort in summer….not as captain tho !!!
— AW (@AWwhite1) February 12, 2018
Saiz has a lot of humble pie to eat,his crazies started all this mess off,he and and Cooper and Berardi owe the fans some big performances
— Keith Walton (@KeithWa15914187) February 12, 2018
Janssons discipline or lack of is a joke!
— Adam Room (@AdamRoom17) February 13, 2018
Let’s be honest with ourselves People, we ALL know Pontus will be getting a 2 match ban ????
— RyanC (@RyanLUFC91) February 12, 2018
will be boost to have saiz back in 11 and possibly beradi at rb…Cooper on bench though for me, glad to have ekuban back
— corbywhite (@gandalflufc) February 13, 2018
Huge fan but Beradi needs a sustained period on the bench to cool his head
— Lenboy (@Lenboy) February 13, 2018
Jansson, who is arguably Leeds’ outstanding defender, is on nine bookings, with ten yellows before the cut-off date for which offenders can be pegged with a two-game ban.
Fans have become used to a poor disciplinary record at Elland Road this season, with Saiz, Cooper, Berardi and Eunan O’Kane also seeing red since the turn of the year.
Spaniard Saiz was hitting with a six-match ban for spitting against Newport County, Cooper’s red card in the 4-3 defeat to Millwall for serious foul play carried a standard three-match ban but the dismissal was his second of the season, incurring an extra game.
Berardi was sent off for two bookable offences against Cardiff but has faced two games on the sidelines as it is his second red card of the season, following his straight red against Bristol City in October.