Cardiff City boss Russell Slade shares reason for touchline spat with Leeds' Steve Evans

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Russell Slade and Steve Evans had a touchline row as Leeds United beat Cardiff City 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has told Wales Online that his touchline spat with Leeds United boss Steve Evans was because of a disagreement over the non-award of a penalty.

Cardiff went into Tuesday night's game as one of the form teams in the Championship and were chasing a play-off spot before facing Leeds, but came unstuck against the Whites.

Goals from strikers Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci handed Leeds all three points in a 2-0 win, with Cardiff full back Fabio red carded in between the two goals.

Cardiff peppered the Leeds goal despite being down to ten men for around half an hour, as goalkeeper Marco Silvestri made ten saves to keep the Bluebirds at bay.

Intriguingly, managers Russell Slade and Steve Evans became involved in heated sideline discussion early into the second half, and Cardiff boss Slade has shed some light on the situation.

Slade has told Wales Online that he felt Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci handled the ball inside the penalty area, a decision which Cardiff didn't get in their favour.

Slade admitted that the row between himself and Evans was because they disagreed over whether it was penalty or not, and after seeing a replay, he feels it was a definite penalty, and thinks the game could have changed had Cardiff been awarded that spot kick.

"He got some decisions wrong, the referee," said Slade. "It's a stonewall penalty, I have to tell you that. That's what I was debating on the touchline, it's an absolute stonewall. His arms are out here. If that's not a penalty, I no longer know what the rules are. We had a look up the top and we had the reaction immediately, it was a clear penalty. We didn't have that little bit of fortune. If that goes in then who knows, with 10 men do we go on and win the game? I don't know."

"Steve's alright, we've had the odd run in but obviously that was at the time when I thought we should have had a penalty, I don't think he agreed. But he didn't have the viewpoints I had upstairs. Anyway, that's by the by. The important thing is what we did on the pitch and what we didn't deliver tonight is a result," he added.

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