'Ridiculous' - Exclusive: Danny Mills up in arms over statement by senior Leeds player

Danny Mills revealed he thinks Leeds United defender Liam Cooper having to publicly apologise for using bad language in front of a ball boy is a bit “ridiculous.”

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Leeds defender believes Cooper had to address the issue in this day and age, but still thinks it is a bit of joke.

The Whites centre-back released a statement on his Twitter account to share he was sorry for his actions during the loss to Fulham and that he had been in contact with the ball boy.

Cooper acknowledged that as Leeds captain he should know better than to use inappropriate language in front of a minor.

When asked about Cooper apologising for using bad language in front of a ball boy, Mills told Football Insider: “I think you have to come out and do that in this day and age.

“I think it’s a bit ridiculous, a bit of a joke, if you go back to the ball boy with Eden Hazard, the ball boy who jumped on the ball and refused to let it go, I mean let’s be honest I’ve got kids.

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“Kids of this day and age, and if they’re at the front, where the ballboy is, they’re hearing some of the worst language on the planet from their own fans.

“Y’know for a player to apologise for that…you have to come out and say something, but let’s be honest you’re ticking a box by doing that, that’s all it is.

“When I was six or seven, I heard inappropriate words that I didn’t know what they meant, but trust me kids of today, from the internet and from the playground, they know far more inappropriate words than adults know!”

The 28-year-old centre-back has regularly featured for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, racking up 18 appearances so far.

Cooper joined the Whites in 2014 and is contracted to stay at Elland Road until 2024.

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