Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen came under hot water at the weekend for attending the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.
The Whites have had a long-running rivalry with United, so when Christiansen was spotted with fans at the North-West stadium, controversy sparked on social media.
The manager, who was appointed as Garry Monk’s successor in the summer, had a day off on Sunday and spent it watching two Premier League title contenders go head to head.
The 44-year-old Dane would have been in a good mood due to Saturday’s result against Queens Park Rangers, which ended in a 3-1 triumph.
His positivity may have been dented slightly the following day when he received criticism on Twitter for heading to Old Trafford.
Christiansen attempted to explain himself by insisting that his son wanted to see City in action.
My son wanted to see Man City play, I used to play at Barça with Pep and we very much enjoyed the result! However, I'm Leeds! #ALAW
— Thomas Christiansen (@T9Christiansen) December 11, 2017
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani defended the coach on Twitter, and some fans followed suit.
You do not have to explain yourself Thomas you enjoyed a nice evening with you son I'm sorry to say but some of our fans are completely embarrassing… you're doing a brilliant job at our football club and have mine and the vast majority of Leeds fans support #MOT #ALAW
— Tariq Jabbar (@tazlufc) December 11, 2017
You don’t have to explain yourself TC, anyone ranting needs to take a look at themselves. For all they knew you were scouting for jan after all. I hope your son had a great day 💛💙💛💙#MOT
— Lauryn Hall (@LaurynHall88) December 11, 2017
Don't worry mate. NEVER have a selfie with Harry Kewell . I like fact you go to footie on day off!
— Dr.T🌎 (@DoctorT1992) December 11, 2017
So cringe you have had to justify yourself for going to a game. I watched it at the pub. Doesn't mean I'm a Manchester fan. 😂😂
— Vicki (@Vicki2189) December 11, 2017
Don’t need to explain yourself for going and watching a game of football.
— Kieran (@LUFC_Kieran) December 11, 2017
imagine having to justify yourself, only Leeds.
— Rainy (@JtotheRain) December 11, 2017
There are some things as a manager or owner you need to be made accountable for,
having to explain yourself over watching a game is certainly not one of those occasions, and is ridiculous…. keep up the good work #lufc
— Mick Ward (@MWardy21) December 11, 2017
It's sad that some even questioned it to be honest. I've been to Old Trafford, Anfield, went to a Bradford game the other week. I love watching football as a neutral whoever it is.
— Sam Liversidge (@SamLUFC94) December 11, 2017