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'Really awful': Leeds owner Radrizzani hits out at players, explains tweet

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani said that the loss to Middlesbrough was the one which really annoyed him.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has branded the team's performance away to Middlesbrough a fortnight ago 'really awful'.

Radrizzani caused controversy last week when he used Twitter to question Wolves' compliance with EFL regulations.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Radrizzani was querying whether there was any third party ownership involved and whether links with super agent Jorge Mendes were within regulations.

His message was seen as impetuous and poorly thought out, but speaking to BBC Sport, Radrizzani insists he did not send it in the heat of the moment.

Instead he claims it was planned out, as he wanted the issue to get some attention.

Radrizzani said: "I used the occasion to raise something which nobody had given me attention about for months. Sadly, finally I got some attention.

"I was frustrated for sure about the difference in quality between the two teams but that's the regulations. To get attention - that was my aim."

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3R) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

The EFL are re-examining Wolves' compliance with their Wolves but there is currently no indication the league leaders have done anything wrong.

Radrizzani reserved some criticism for his players, feeling that they were embarrassing not against Wolves, but days earlier against Middlesbrough when they played a game which was effectively their last shot to remain in the play-off hunt, they were even worse. 

The Italian had some harsh words regard the 3-0 loss, commenting: "There was much more pressure in the previous game against Middlesbrough - that was really our last call and the way we played and what the players showed in that game was really awful."

The Leeds owner added that he feels there is some improvement at Leeds under new boss Paul Heckingbottom compared to Thomas Christiansen, but wants a step up in level next season.

He also commented he could look to replicate Wolves and reach out to top European clubs for loan moves, if he is confident it is permitted.

Leeds fans would certainly welcome the increase in ambition, and will forgive him an errant first season in charge if there is a major step up next year.

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