Leeds to decide Andy O’Brien punishment

Leeds United will this week make a decision on what disciplinary action they will take on their defender, Andy O’Brien.

The 32-year-old refused to play in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Burnley and manager, Simon Grayson, has stated the defender will not play for the club again whilst he remained in charge.

A statement from the club said: “Central defender Andy O’Brien was omitted from Saturday’s squad at Burnley after informing manager Simon Grayson he had no wish to be involved in the game.

“The former Newcastle and Bolton defender spoke with the manager on Friday and informed him he had no wish to play for the club again.

“The club will decide Andy’s long-term future this week.”

O’Brien signed for United permanently in the 2011 January transfer window, after an initial two month loan. His appearances so far this term have remained limited to just five, despite making 30 league appearances for The Whites last season.

The Irishman’s refusal to play comes in the wake of Manchester City striker refusing to make a substitute appearance for The Citizens in their 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich.

Tevez was docked two weeks’ wages for his breach of contract, whilst his manager, Roberto Mancini has reiterated that he may never appear at Eastlands ever again.

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