By Harry Sykes
Kyle Bartley has revealed he dismissed Neil Wagner as “lacking class” during a heated conversation in the aftermath of the Leeds-Huddersfield brawl on Sunday.
Bartley blamed the Terriers manager for “causing chaos” after an ugly melee marred the closing stages of a hotly contested clash at the John Smith’s Stadium which ended in a 2-1 triumph for the home side.
Tempers flared in the closing stages of the Yorkshire derby after Wagner ran half the length of the pitch to celebrate Michael Hefele’s last-gasp winner.
The Huddersfield boss was bodychecked by Garry Monk as he encroached on the technical area of his rival en route back to the dugout, which sparked mayhem between both groups of players and backroom staffs, and ended with the two managers sent to the stands by referee Simon Hooper.
Monk immediately walked down the tunnel, as his assistant James Beattie followed him to ask for any late tactical input, but Wagner sat behind his dug-out before re-appearing on the pitch at full-time to congratulate his players.
The Huddersfield manager involved in fresh exchanges with Bartley and Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt, with the centre-back admitting that the conversation was a heated one.
Bartley said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post: “For me their manager lacked a bit of class and caused the chaos. I told him he should have a bit more respect for our players, his players and football. Football’s a game of respect and for me he didn’t show that.
“I don’t know why he was back on the pitch (after full-time). He’d been sent off so he should have stayed off the pitch. There’s 22 players on the pitch and the pitch is for the players, not for the manager. For me, he lacked a bit of class and respect and it should have been dealt with a lot better.”
Huddersfield took the three points on Sunday to climb above Leeds into fourth position in the Championship, with Monk’s side dropping down into fifth.
Leeds are next in action on Saturday when Cardiff are the visitors to Elland Road for a clash which will be an intriguing return for their manager Neil Warnock.