The saga involving Leeds youngster Jordan Stevens is set to come to an end soon, albeit a disappointing one according to Managing Director Angus Kinnear.
Stevens was handed a six-week ban from all football activities for a breach of betting rules. The 19-year-old was handed a fine of £1,200 but wasn’t even allowed to enter the training ground or Elland Road.
A court previously heard how he was suffering from homesickness and boredom but Leeds’ efforts to have him work with the club’s foundation ultimately failed.
Angus Kinnear said: “The conundrum of how you can work for a football club’s Foundation, yet not be ‘in football context’ has proved intellectually insurmountable and so we have conceded defeat.”
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It was news that consequently left a host of Leeds fans fuming with the treatment as they seem to believe he should have been allowed to integrate with others in a bid to help his maturity.
One fan claimed it was an utter disgrace while another noted it was a sad indictment of an organisation supposedly run by dinosaurs.
A further individual suggested the authorities were a joke and out of touch.
Stevens arrived from Forest Green in 2018 but has only made one appearance for the Leeds senior team since joining.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
@FA are an utter disgrace. They all have a duty of care which has been completely ignored!
— zen_trainer (@zen_trainer) October 3, 2019
What a very sad indictment of an organisation run by dinosaurs that has shown absolutely no duty of care towards a player suffering with such issues that his complete isolation will make worse. Shameful when 2 Derby players guilty of far more serious offence played #lufc #fa
— Chris Wheeler (@ChrisHWheeler) October 3, 2019
— Donal Ennis (@smackmabonzoup) October 3, 2019
— Tim Southwell (@TimSouthwell) October 3, 2019
Astounding, how do you expect these young lads to grow and learn,, all young people do something wrong but you learn from your mistakes it’s a part of growing up, surely they could of used him to try and educate young footballers of not what to do when you are a privileged player
— wayne stafford (@waynels11) October 3, 2019
The authorities a joke and not in touch with reality, well done Angus for at least trying to achieve a sensible outcome
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) October 3, 2019
A ridiculously rigid punishment, not even allowing the kid to work in the community for the Foundation. The people at the FA involved with this are clueless.
— Nigel F (@TheNfster) October 3, 2019