The manager of Leeds United, Brian McDermott, has said that the Senegalese striker El Hadji Diouf must know how to behave on the ground.
After scoring the equalizer for Leeds in the match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, Diouf had used abusive language for the Brighton supporters and because of that; the referee showed him the red card. After that, Leeds got reduced to 9 players as Rudolph Austin was also sent off earlier in the match.
Brighton took the advantage of that and took the lead again just a couple of minutes before the end of the match. Jose Ulloa was the man who scored the second goal for Brighton.
Leeds couldn’t equalize the scores this time around and ended up on the losing side. With the help of this win, Brighton & Hove Albion has now qualified for the play offs.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, McDermott said, “It was really a disappointing loss. To play with only 9 men in the last 15 minutes or so is not easy. The boys tried hard, but, it was Brighton’s day and they got those three points.”
“I was really gutted to see what Diouf did after scoring that magnificent goal. It was totally wrong. You can’t make such gestures towards opposition fans. The referee was correct to show him the red card at that point of time.”
“He is very upset about what happened on the ground, but, he himself is responsible for that. He let the team down today.”
However, the Leeds manager made it quite clear that he is not happy with referee’s decision of sending off Rudolph Austin and the club will appeal against that.
McDermott said, “We are certainly going to appeal against Austin’s red card. I don’t think he deserved that. That was a very harsh decision by the referee.”