Burnley demand explanation from Ladbrokes after sponsor taunts players

Stuart Dallas of Leeds and Kevin Long of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor

The company had taken to Twitter on behalf of Leeds fans to post a message, containing a middle finger gesture emoji, aimed at the ex-Whites pair after Leeds secured a penalty shootout victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday.

"The pressure there is on the players who kick, but I told them before they start kicking that until now, until the moment that we finished the 120 minutes, that in my point of view, they had already won with a big performance that they showed against a Premier League club, so they should take that with them", said Christiansen.

It was chose to take the penalties in front of Burnley supporters, rather than the end holding a large travelling contingent of Leeds fans, who had barracked former players Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood.

Ladbrokes, who only a month ago came on board as Burnley's "official United Kingdom betting partner", tweeted the raised middle-finger along with the words "Yours sincerely, Leeds fans #LUFC".

Burnley had put out a statement on Wednesday saying they were aware of the tweet and had contacted Ladbrokes for comment.

The betting firm have since apologised: "They were very poorly conceived tweets which have since been deleted".

Stuart Dallas of Leeds and Ashley Westwood of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor
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"It was only meant to be a bit of fun but failed completely in that regard, and we have apologised to Burnley FC and would like to sincerely apologise to any fans of the club that took offence".

"It's a odd business, football", said Dyche, after his side were knocked out by their Sky Bet Championship opposition.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche also admitted that his team were not good enough, after Leeds went through 5-3 on penalties.

Leeds' Hadi Sacko scored the opener in the 80th minute, before Chris Wood equalised with an 89th-minute penalty, taking the game to extra time.

"Maybe I got the changes wrong, but I was expecting a lot more from my players".

"I remember my first season at Leeds I was booed for three or four months of the season, I had to overcome that", Wood said, as quoted by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

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