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Garth Crooks has strongly criticised Leeds United star Ezgjan Alioski on BBC Sport.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion forward, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, was not impressed with Alioski during the incident with Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe was sent off in the opening minutes of the second half of the Premier League game between Leeds and Arsenal at Elland Road at the weekend.

The 25-year-old winger pushed his head against the face of Alioski, and the North Macedonia international – who can operate as a winger or as a left-back – went down to the ground.

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Crooks believes that Alioski made the most of it and has strongly criticised the 28-year-old, who cost Leeds £2 million in transfer fee when they signed him from Lugano in 2017, as reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Englishman wrote on BBC Sport: “What a contrast to see Ezgjan Alioski go down as though he had been hit by a train in order to get Nicolas Pepe sent off after the slightest contact.

“Pepe was stupid enough to fall for Alioski’s earlier provocation, of course, but to go down like that – really? The Leeds defender needs to have a word with himself.”

Deserved red card

While an argument could be made that Alioski made the most of it as he went to ground easily and that too clutching his face, it must be noted that Pepe deservedly got sent off.

The winger simply cannot do what he did, and hopefully the Arsenal player will learn from that.

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