'Not a good look' - Exclusive: Darren Bent bemoans 'double standards' after Leeds development
Darren Bent has suggested the punishment handed to Leeds United youngster Jordan Stevens for a breach of gambling rules is a case of double standards after Daniel Sturridge’s ban earlier in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that he hopes the 19-year-old can learn from his mistakes and move on as soon as possible, the midfielder having admitted to placing bets on a number of games over a nine-month period.
The Football Association confirmed that the teenager has been banned from all football-related activities for a six-week period, Leeds responding with a strongly-worded statement accusing the punishment of being too harsh.
Having seen Daniel Sturridge allowed to take part in training during his ban, with four of his six-week suspension suspended by the FA, Bent was not overly impressed with either the decision from the officials or the player for his conduct.
Asked if he thought it was a case of double standards from the FA, Bent told Football Insider: “A little bit, obviously, Sturridge was allowed to train and this young kid’s not.
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“The only saving grace I’d say is that he’s young. He will get over this, he will get past it. He knows he can’t let this happen again, I don’t even know how it came out and how he got caught.
“It’s not a good look, for someone so young, it’s not a good look.”
Stevens has played once for the first-team at Elland Road, featuring for 14 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City back in January 2019.
He has also featured a number of times as an unused substitute in both the league and the cups, although he has not been in a matchday squad since April.