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Luke Varney embroiled in head-butt controversy after Leeds United clash

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It’s safe to say Luke Varney is not very popular in Leeds at the moment. Following his controversial exit from Elland Road last season he played against his old team for the first time on Saturday, coming on as a substitute for Blackburn Rovers and winning a penalty that Jordan Rhodes converted to win the game 2-1.

Accusations

As well as being accused of diving to win the penalty by Leeds boss Neil Redfearn, a photo has now emerged of Varney appearing to head-butt young midfielder Lewis Cook.

The photo appeared on Leeds United TV and looks like a similar incident to the Jack Wilshere/Marouane Fellaini altercation in the Premier league. Both incidents went unpunished at the time, but the FA could now face a busy week should the clubs involved seek retrospective action.

Varney forces move

Varney’s feud with Leeds started when a proposed move to current club Blackburn was blocked by Massimo Cellino back in January. After hearing of Rovers’ interest, Varney refused to play against Ipswich amid fears he would get injured and the move would be scuppered.

The forward eventually forced through a loan deal until the end of the season, which was made permanent in the summer. Talking to the BBC after the Blackburn game, Redfearn was clearly aggrieved by the dive.

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“It's difficult for referees but those decisions, they have to get right. It should have been a free-kick to us and a yellow card for simulation.

Redfearn anger

"It's just a poor decision. I've looked back at it, I saw it straight away and it looked like a dive. It's not good for football really."

"It's just a poor decision. I've looked back at it, I saw it straight away and it looked like a dive. It's not good for football really"

This latest revelation is unlikely to calm United’s fans down as a win on Saturday would have seen them climb five points above the relegation zone and instead remain dangerously close to the drop.

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