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Marcelo Bielsa has issued an apology.

Marcelo Bielsa has apologised for dug-out dust-up during Millwall clash

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Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa accepted responsibility for the touchline confrontation that occurred towards the end of the 1-1 draw at Millwall.

Bielsa confronted the home bench after they attempted to slow down the clock with their team 1-0 up and minutes away from inflicting on Leeds their first league defeat of the season.

As it turned out, the Whites’ unbeaten record remained intact thanks to Jack Harrison’s 89th-minute equaliser, which actually put the visitors a point clear at the top of the Championship.

Bielsa said: “I take the responsibility for this situation because I am in football for longer than my colleague.

“I have to understand that circumstances that you have during the game, you don’t have to take them as they are.

“If you win or you lose, it means a lot for us and sometimes you behave in a kind of way and just have to lament how we behaved.

“I think I have the obligation of not behaving like this and I shouldn’t allow myself to behave like this because when you get more experienced you should moderate your behaviour. That’s why I apologise.”

Opposite number Neil Harris revealed the two parties have already put the incident behind them and was honest as to what caused it in the first place.

Harris said: “We should have given the ball back quicker in our dug-out, but we don’t because you had two minutes to go and we’re 1-0 up at home and obviously they got excited when they scored a goal.

Neil Harris nearly inflicted the first loss onto Marcelo Bielsa

“But I’ve spoken to Marcelo downstairs and there are no problems whatsoever, it’s fine.”

Millwall, who beat Leeds in this fixture when they were top of the table last season, went ahead in the 55th minute when Jed Wallace struck at the back post after Jake Cooper flicked on Ryan Leonard’s long throw.

Leeds grabbed the equaliser when Harrison found the bottom corner with a fine strike from just outside the area.

Millwall could still have snatched it, however, but Tom Elliott sent a header from Wallace’s cross against the post in the second minute of stoppage time.

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