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Noel Whelan has blasted Tyler Roberts for bringing “negative publicity” to Leeds United while on international duty.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it was “embarrassing” the Wales star could not abide by the rules during the international break.

As confirmed by the Welsh FA, Roberts was one of a trio of players sent home early after breaching protocols while on international duty.

The 22-year-old missed out on the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic, having featured against both Belgium and Mexico.

He has been a regular for Leeds in recent weeks and has started the last six Premier League games under Marcelo Bielsa.

Whelan blasted Roberts for bringing himself and the club’s name into disrepute.

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However, he insisted the forward’s behaviour would not impact his standing at Elland Road.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “First and foremost, it’s disappointing and embarrassing for Tyler Roberts.

“Whatever went on, we don’t know the full details of what it was. It wasn’t a Covid breach but it was a definite breach of rules for the Welsh FA.

“It’s very disappointing for him and embarrassing for him because he’s part of an international setup where everyone else can abide by the rules, but apparently three people felt that they didn’t want to do that.

“It does put a bit of a shadow on him internationally and bad publicity. You’re representing Leeds and you’re representing your country. 

“That’s the last thing that we need; any kind of negative publicity on a player that can’t abide by certain rules. It’s a discipline that should be instilled into you.

“When someone’s trying to break into the first team in this place, he should be looking at the positives of his career. That is certainly not one when you’re away on international duty.”

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