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Leeds defender Cooper handed six-match ban by FA

Liam Cooper will miss most of the rest of the season Credit: PA

Leeds defender Liam Cooper has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association.

The 25-year-old was charged with violent conduct following an incident in Leeds' 1-0 Championship defeat at Reading on Saturday.

TV footage appeared to show Cooper catch Reading substitute Reece Oxford on the side of the head as he lay on the floor and the FA have now acted.

Cooper served the first match of his suspension in the 2-0 loss to Brentford on Tuesday night, meaning he will not be available until the last match of the regular season at Wigan.

The incident was not seen by the match officials and while Cooper accepted the charge of violent conduct the FA felt a standard punishment would be insufficient.

An FA statement read: "Leeds United's Liam Cooper will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"The defender was charged with violent conduct in relation to an incident in or around the 74th minute of the game against Reading on Saturday [1 April 2017] which was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.

"Furthermore, the FA claimed that the standard punishment which would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed would be 'clearly insufficient'.

"The player accepted the charge but denied the claim. However, that matter was found proven and his total suspension of six matches includes the standard one additional match for it being his second dismissal of this season."

Cooper's ban means he will miss Saturday's visit of Preston and sit out games against Newcastle, Wolves, Burton and Norwich as Leeds aim to secure a play-off place.

Leeds and Huddersfield managers banned

Monk and Wagner have both been banned for two games. Credit: PA

David Wagner and Garry Monk have been handed touchline bans by the Football Association for their roles in the touchline melee that marred Huddersfield's win over Leeds earlier this month.

Terriers boss Wagner has been handed a two-game ban while Monk will serve a one-match suspension after the pair were sent to the stands following a clash that sparked ugly scenes at the John Smith's Stadium.

Both clubs were fined £10,000 and warned about their future conduct after admitting FA charges of failing to control their players during Huddersfield's 2-1 win.

An FA statement read:

Huddersfield Town and Leeds United have each been fined £10,000 and warned as to their future conduct following their game on February 5, 2017.

Both clubs admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour in or around the 89th minute of the fixture. Furthermore, Huddersfield manager David Wagner and Leeds manager Garry Monk will serve touchline suspensions of two matches and one match respectively with immediate effect after being charged for misconduct in relation to the same game.

Mr Wagner admitted entering the field of play in or around the 89th minute, in contravention of FA Rule E3, but denied a further breach that his behaviour upon his return to the vicinity of the technical area amounted to improper conduct. However, this breach was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

He was also fined £6,000 and warned as to his future conduct. Mr Monk admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that in or around the 89th minute, his behaviour amounted to improper conduct. He was also fined £3,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

– FA statement


Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep pace in Championship promotion race

Chris Wood (left) celebrates his winning goal. Credit: PA

Chris Wood's first-half goal saw Leeds United move up to fourth in the Championship following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Rob Green made a stunning second-half save to deny Jordan Rhodes from the penalty spot as Leeds clung on to claim a valuable three points.

But it was Wood who made the decisive contribution to the match, keeping his head to poke home his 22nd goal of the season in the 21st minute.

The win moves Garry Monk's side above Reading into fourth place - though the Royals travel to Brighton this weekend - and three points clear of their opponents, who remain sixth.

Ugly scenes as Huddersfield beat Leeds

Unpleasant scenes at Huddersfield. Credit: PA

Head coaches David Wagner and Garry Monk were sent to the stand in stoppage time after angry scenes at the end of Huddersfield's 2-1 victory over Leeds.

Michael Hefele's dramatic 90th-minute winner sparked furious scenes on the touchline.

Town head coach Wagner raced down the touch line in celebration but clashed with opposite number Monk as he came back past the Leeds bench.

Players from both sides then got involved in the melee as referee Simon Hooper booked Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt and defender Pontus Jansson along with Elias Kachunga for Town.

Town went ahead through sub Izzy Brown with his first touch after coming on before Chris Wood equalised with his 21st of the season.


Leeds United hopeful of deal for West Ham striker

Ashley Fletcher hasn't become a regular at West Ham. Credit: PA

Promotion hopefuls Leeds United are keen on signing West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher on loan for the remainder of the season, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.

The former Manchester United forward will be available to leave the London Stadium if the Premier League club manage to bring in a striker of their own.

Radrizzani backs Cellino over strategy as Leeds owner

Andrea Radrizzani believes Cellino has done a good job. Credit: PA

Andrea Radrizzani felt Massimo Cellino had no choice but to upset people as he went about cleaning up Leeds' finances.

Cellino took over Leeds in April 2014 and in his bid to cut costs trimmed the club's staff.

The Italian this month completed the sale of 50 per cent of the club to compatriot Radrizzani, who praised Cellino for getting Leeds on a sounder financial footing.

Radrizzani said:

The club has had a rollercoaster in the last decade. When Massimo Cellino acquired the club he didn't expect even himself to find so many financial troubles and losses.

At the moment the club is not at breakeven but is not in a bad financial situation. The club is recovering. In the last two years since Massimo came in he wasn't nice to many people but he had to be tough to cut costs.

It seemed to be difficult then but it's much better now. At the same time the Football League is a loss-making league. It's difficult to make money in this league, almost impossible. We need to be creative to make the financial numbers look good.

– Andrea Radrizzani
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