Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Winger Hall suspended by Leeds United

YEP 21/10/13
by Leon Wobschall
Leeds United are carrying out an investigation into a disciplinary issue after suspending winger Ryan Hall, which is believed to relate to comments he made on his Twitter account at the weekend.
Hall, due back at Leeds after a one-month loan period with Sheffield United, made controversial reference on Saturday evening on his Twitter account to his footballing situation, tweeting: “Look on the bright side if your not getting played take the L out and get payed.
“Football is such a short career and can end at anytime with an injury so do whatever you can to earn as much money as possible.”
Leeds have a code of conduct regarding useage of Twitter and former boss Simon Grayson famously banned his players from using it back in July 2011.
That came after striker Davide Somma posted details about his knee injury on his Twitter account - breaking club’s rules on social networking by revealing that he would be out of action for five or six months.
Earlier that summer, ex-keeper Kasper Schmeichel famously used Twitter to strenuously deny the club’s claims that he requested a move, ahead of his £1m sale to Leicester City.
Hall was eligible for the Blades’ League One clash with visiting Port Vale on Saturday - the final game of his loan spell - but was not involved.
With the Blades having crucial back-to-back games with Vale and at Peterborough this evening, caretaker-boss Chris Morgan, mindful that Hall’s loan would have expired ahead of tonight’s game and wanting some continuity in selection, elected to not include him in his plans.
But Morgan praised the contribution of Hall during his time in South Yorkshire, stating: “His contribution here was good. Often you get players who come on on loan who you are a little bit unsure about. But Ryan mixed in well and mucked in with the rest of the lads and made a positive contribution.”
No further comment will be made at this stage by the club on the Hall issue, a brief Whites statement read yesterday.
Ex-Whites chief Neil Warnock signed Hall from Southend United for £150,000 in December, with the 25-year-old penning a two-and-a-half year deal following an initial loan spell.
But he has failed to establish himself under both Warnock and Brian McDermott, with question marks over his Elland Road future first arising in the summer.
Hall was left out of Leeds’ travelling party for their pre-season tour of Slovenia with his partner due to give birth and didn’t feature during the close-season as he worked on his fitness.
Ahead of the season getting underway, McDermott left the door ajar for the wingman and denied that his United career was over. But following the Twitter controversy, Hall’s days at the club appear numbered.
Hall has featured just four times for Leeds this calendar year, making just one start.
He has made just one brief appearance under McDermott, as a late sub in the win at Watford on the final day of last term.