Kyle Bartley has pointed the finger at Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner and accused the German of “lacking class” after Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to their rivals on Sunday.
Leeds centre-back Bartley blamed Wagner for “causing chaos” after an ugly brawl marred the end of Huddersfield’s 2-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Wagner ran down the pitch to celebrate with his Town players after Michael Hefele’s last-gasp effort earned the hosts a crucial win and moved them above Leeds into fourth spot. But on his way back to the dug out there was a confrontation with Leeds boss Garry Monk and after that a huge melee broke out with Wagner sent off and a clutch of other players getting booked.
Bartley told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “For me their manager lacked a bit of class and caused the chaos. I told him he should have a bit more respect for our players, his players and football. Football’s a game of respect and for me he didn’t show that.
“I don’t know why he was back on the pitch (after full-time). He’d been sent off so he should have stayed off the pitch. There’s 22 players on the pitch and the pitch is for the players, not for the manager. For me, he lacked a bit of class and respect and it should have been dealt with a lot better.”
Bartley though refused to use the fracas to mask an average performance from the Whites and admitted the Terriers deserved their win.
“If I’m honest, I don’t think we played very well,” Bartley added. “I thought maybe the better team won. There have been games where we haven’t played to our full potential but we dug in and managed to get a result. As the game wore on I thought that’s what we would manage to do but we never seemed to relieve the pressure.
“I didn’t think we were fantastic but these are the type of games where you’ve got to see it out and get some points. The longer the game went on, it (a point) did seem like a good result away from home. We’re disappointed we couldn’t hold on.”