Noel Whelan has been left fuming after seeing Leeds United handed a Monday night trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
The former Whites striker and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says it is a disgrace that the Elland Road faithful will have to make the trip to north London late on a weekday.
Leeds confirmed in an official statement that their game, which will take place at the start of January, had been moved to a Monday night kick-off and broadcast via the BBC.
📅 Our FA Cup Third Round tie with Arsenal will take place on Monday 6th January and broadcast live on BBC One
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 5, 2019
Whelan says that it is criminal that the FA have decided to hand the supporters such a long journey, applauding the fans for their impeccable following around the country.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Another poor display of organisation from the FA. It really should have been a Sunday afternoon kick-off to allow the fans, knowing how many fans we take down to every stadium.
“It’s no secret that we sell out every single ticket. You give us a maximum amount of tickets to sell for an away game, we will sell them
“It’s disgraceful, it’s showing no respect to the fans, no thought or consideration to the Leeds faithful that are going down there, making it as difficult as possible. It’s really, really poor once again from the FA.
“I don’t know who comes up with these decisions but maybe they need to be sacked. You can sack a manager for poor decisions and not getting things right on the field, you can definitely sack someone at the FA for not getting things right off the field and organisation.”
The tie could mean a potential return to north London for loan striker Eddie Nketiah, the young forward currently on loan for the Gunners.
Marcelo Bielsa has admitted he is unsure as to whether Nketiah will be allowed to play against his parent club.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan says that Christmas has come early as the Whites agree terms of an attacking deal.