Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright has massively criticized Leeds United head coach, Gary Monk for his actions after the 37-year-old got in the way of Huddersfield boss, David Wagner during the Yorkshire derby game in the Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The game at the John Smith’s stadium was leveled 1-1 entering into the final minutes, but Terriers defender, Michel Hefele produced a late goal that sparked celebrations from the crowd.
Huddersfield boss sprinted the entire length of the touchline to celebrate with his players. Much angered by the reaction, the former Swansea boss, Monk stepped in front of the German tactician as he ran past him leading to a brawl between both sets of the teams.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Wright slammed Monk for such an unprofessional display as he backed Wagner for his celebrations. Wright said he believed Monk deliberately stepped into Wagner’s path, sparking the confrontation.
He said: “I saw a statement from Monk regarding Wagner being disrespectful, and the fact is that if that’s the case, then show some class and don’t get in his way. Talk to him afterwards instead of bumping into him, it could have been avoided.”
As a result, the referee sent both managers to the stands during the stoppage time. It is not clear if either will receive further sanction regarding their behavior as the FA will review the report and make a decision this week.
Huddersfield leapfrogged their rivals in the table in the process as they are now in the fourth place on 55 points after 29 games, one point and one place ahead of Leeds. The two clubs could however clash again in May when the Championship play-offs take place as both look likely to clinch a top six spot.
Gary Monk will be hoping his team can bounce back from this disappointing loss when they take on Cardiff at Elland Road in the weekend.