HUDDERSFIELD Town and Leeds United could today be charged by the Football Association following unsavoury scenes towards the end of yesterday’s derby at the John Smith’s Stadium, which saw players and staff involved in an ugly fracas.
The flashpoint arrived immediately after Michael Hefele’s dramatic late winner for Huddersfield in the hosts’ 2-1 win, with head coach David Wagner – who raced onto the pitch to celebrate with several of his ecstatic players – clashing with his opposite number Garry Monk after jogging back towards the Town dug-out. A melee ensued between both benches, with Wagner and Monk subsequently sent to the stands for the remainder of the game, with the pair set to face sanctions following the scenes.
Speaking about the incident, Monk, who appeared to step into Wagner’s path as he went past him in his technical area, said: “I can only speak for myself. I hold the highest values in my life – humility, respect and class. That is what I hold highest and I make my players hold that.
“If someone does not want to act like that, then that is their prerogative. It doesn’t mean that we all have to agree with it.
“My technical area is my technical area, whether I am home or away.
“You behave properly in those situations, but when someone comes across and they run into you, what can I do about that?”
Wagner said that the dramatic circumstances of Hefele’s winner triggered his emotionally-charged reaction, but felt that a nudge on him by Monk was the catalyst to the main fracas.
He said: “I celebrated with my players in the corner and then wanted to jump back into my technical area and Garry tried to nudge me.
“I understand that in British sporting culture, it seems to be disrespectful if I celebrate with my players and this is different in Germany, to be fair.
“But this is a different culture and I have to accept it.”
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