Kalvin Phillips has taken to social media to apologise to the Leeds United supporters for his red card against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, with the midfielder admitting that frustration got the better of him.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men endured a nightmare afternoon at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. They went behind during the first-half to a very controversial goal.
The ball seemed to hit both of Nahki Wells’s arms before he scored past Kiko Casilla.
Patrick Bamford had a tame penalty saved during the second-half. And Phillips then went flying in to make a nasty-looking challenge late on to round off the day for the visitors.
It was no surprise to see the referee produce a red card. And Phillips conceded in an emotional social media post that the day’s events probably got to him and he made a mistake.
Here is what Phillips posted…
Sorry to the #LUFC fans for my red card yesterday. It wasn’t intentional but I timed the tackle badly. I’m a Leeds fan as well as a player so maybe a little frustration that we have all been feeling was shown but… https://t.co/QlmhdAf4JH
— Kalvin Phillips (@Kalvinphillips) January 19, 2020
Despite the frustration regarding yesterday’s result, many Leeds fans have expressed some sympathy for Phillips in response to his message.
Plenty can understand how angry he would have been given how the day was playing out. And some have insisted that he is entitled to make a mistake.
Phillips has been one of Leeds’s best players since Bielsa arrived ahead of last season. And his tough-tackling has so often come to the side’s rescue.
While the supporters clearly wish that his passion was expressed another way, they are reluctant to be too critical for letting his emotions boil over.
Here are some of the responses from Leeds fans…
No need to apologise mate. Things are said & done out of frustration as you see from us fans on here. Come back stronger we are gonna need you, We are all behind you and the team. #lufc
— Andy Pantling (@AndyPantling) January 19, 2020
You are the last player that needs to apologise for anything lad, don’t take all the corners mate because you are a threat in the box🤞
— 💛DD1965💙 (@DD1965LUFC) January 19, 2020
Dont apologise pal!! We can see your frustration!!
— Dan Tatum💙💛 (@tats180) January 19, 2020
Dust off and move on. This team and the fans need to believe we can do it.
— Leeds That – lufc podcast (@leedsthat) January 19, 2020
#ALAW no need to apologise kalvin, but accepted 👏 still 2nd, we move on.
— PauLeedsArentWeHarrison🇬🇧 (@paulharrison01) January 19, 2020
No need to apologise. Most consistent player over 2 seasons. We’re all human. Come back stronger as push for automatics! #COMEONLEEDS
— TheYoungPeacock (@young_peacock) January 19, 2020
You’ve no need to apologise Kalvin. You give your all for that shirt.
— Rob B (@RobBielsa) January 19, 2020
Respect for coming out and saying that. Still a long way to go in this league! #lufc
— Tommo (@LUFC1992) January 19, 2020