Whelan delivers Alioski-McNeil verdict as official probe into Leeds controversy underway
Ezgjan Alioski was “childish” in his behaviour towards Dwight McNeil on Saturday – but there was no racial element to the Leeds United man’s actions.
That is according to ex-Elland Road ace Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Leeds’ 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Burnley filed a report to the FA following an incident involving Alioski and McNeil in which the former pulled a face and performed a hand gesture towards the latter.
“The complaint will be passed on to the FA. The player made the report. I was there and I have witnessed the report,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa meanwhile admitted that he had not witnessed the incident.
Whelan claims that this was a case of ‘typical Alioski’ but that there was nothing more insidious in the 29-year-old’s actions.
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“It’s just Alioski being Alioski,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He can be very immature at times and he gets under the skin of opposition players.
“Look, it’s like a childish pulling of the face. Is it necessary? No. Is it very much like Alioski? Yes.
“I don’t think there was any kind of racism or anything in that, I just think it was him being a little bit petulant and a little bit childish. That’s all it comes down to.
“He didn’t need to do it. He’d already done enough in the game to get the better of McNeil.”