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Leeds appoint former Real Madrid director to club's board

Leeds appoint Ivan Bravo to board of directors Credit: PA

Leeds United have announced that former Real Madrid director Ivan Bravo has joined the club’s board with immediate effect.

Bravo served as director of strategy at Real, leading on both the sport and business fronts at the Bernabeu from 2003 to 2010.

More recently, Bravo became director general at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar in 2011 - overseeing the growth of their football development programmes with network clubs in Qatar, Spain and Belgium.

Leeds United is a club steeped in prestige with an extremely proud fan-base and I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors.

I hope my experience gained across the game will add value for the club and I look forward to working with the ownership,management and the whole team to take Leeds United forward, on and off the pitch.

– Ivan Bravo on new role

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.

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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.

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