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Leeds United loanee Liam Bridcutt defends himself after crunching challenge on Denmark's Erik Sviatchenko

The midfielder made a hard challenge whilst playing for Scotland, but believes it was fair.

Leeds United loanee Liam Bridcutt made his long awaited return to international duty with Scotland last night – but the night ended with him as the main talking point for all the wrong reasons.

The Sunderland owned star found himself heavily criticised for a late challenge on Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko.

The Leeds midfielder appeared to jump into the tackle, which left the Danish defender in a heap on the ground.

The challenge resulted in a mini-scuffle between the two sets of players but Bridcutt only received a yellow card for the challenge.

After the game many were condemning the strong tackle but Bridcutt seemed to suggest there was little wrong with the tackle.

Speaking to Sport Sports News after the game (29/01/2016) the Leeds enforcer had this to say about the challenge:

“It was a heavy tackle. The ball was there to be won.

“Everyone that knows me knows that I will go in hard and fair and that’s the player I am really.”

Bridcutt is certainly not one to shy away from a big challenge but this one perhaps veered to far on the side of reckless for most people’s liking.

However, Leeds and Scotland will be pleased to hear that he is not set to change his tough tackling approach to the game – as that is one of the key reasons why he has earned an international recall after a three-year exile.

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