The European Super League offenders must be banned from next season’s Champions League – leaving Leeds United to play in Europe.

That is according to ex-Leeds forward and lifelong fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after CEO Angus Kinnear made his thoughts on the now-scrapped breakaway league known.

“It was a disgrace,” he wrote in his programme notes before Leeds’ 0-0 draw with Man United on Sunday.

“Managers and players were left to defend the indefensible in front of the media while their owners cowered at home.”

Leeds are currently in 9th place in the Premier League, or 4th if you remove the ESL co-conspirators from the equation.

Whelan claimed that banning the six rebel clubs from Europe is the only way to go as rudimentary financial punishments would be a drop in the ocean.

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“It’s got to be a ban in Europe, one way or another,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“I don’t think you can really hurt them financially.

“It’s not right to deduct points. I don’t think that’s the players’ fault or the managers’.

“They didn’t really know too much about it and you’d be punishing the fans with that as well.

“I think the best way is banning them from a tournament for a season. That is the only way you can really hurt teams, taking away a competition.

“They were quick enough to run away from the Champions League, so maybe they won’t be that bothered not being in it…”

Leeds have not played in Europe since the 2002-03 Uefa Cup campaign.

They last featured in the Champions League in 2000-01, reaching the semi-finals where they were beaten by Valencia.

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