Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn comments on the infamous 'Charlton six', appears to exonerate Mirco Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci

Six of Massimo Cellino's signings pulled out of a Leeds tie v Charlton the day of travel.

Many of the players signed by Massimo Cellino were often maligned by the Leeds fans - some of them rightly considering their poor performances.

But it was when six of them all pulled out injured the day before a game with Charlton Athletic last season that really caught the eye of Leeds fans.

Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario del Fabro, Marco Silvestri, Souleymane Doukara and the Albanian Edgar Cani all told then boss Neil Redfearn they were injured and could not play in the game the day before - leaving Redfearn aghast.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire yesterday Redfearn, who has recently been sacked as Rotherham United boss, spoke about the incident and seemed to exonerate one of the six:

"It is difficult to tell.

"The one player that perhaps did come in on the Thursday with a genuine injury was perhaps (Mirco) Antenucci. He said he had a hip flexor strain and he said to me 'I'll be fine for Saturday' but he said he was feeling it so I said he needs to go in and rest.

"But on the Friday the players were coming in and as they were coming in I think some of the academy staff were taking bets on who were going to come in!

"Because it had got a ridiculous state of affairs. But it happened so close to departing to go to Charlton that there's was not a lot we could do about it."

Antenucci has always maintained he was genuinely injured and the Italian has repaired his relationship with the Leeds fans.

Of the other five only Silvestri and Bellusci remain and both are currently regulars in the first-team.

What truly happened that weekend may never emerge but it seems as though Redfearn has put to bed suggestions that Antenucci was in anyway fraudulently incapacitated for that now infamous Charlton fixture.

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