Kilkenny slams Bates

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Bristol City's Neil Kilkenny has launched a scathing attack on Leeds chairman Ken Bates following his comments on the ex-Whites midfielder last week.

Kilkenny left Elland Road in the summer after failing to agree terms on a new deal in South Yorkshire, but Bates appeared to mock his decision to join City on a radio interview ahead of Saturday's game between the sides. And the Australian revealed he was given the cold shoulder by the senior hierarchy at his old club, which enticed him into celebrating his equaliser vehemently.

"I didn't really want to celebrate in front of the fans," Kilkenny told the Yorkshire Post. "But I needed to make a point to the chairman and his chief executive because everyone here has said hello to me except for the chairman and the chief executive, which is disappointing."

He added: "I have seen a few things said by the chairman over the last couple of days.

"He said that I left Leeds to go to a smaller club and that was very disrespectful to both me and to Bristol City.

"That is really, really disappointing.

"But that's him, what can you do?"

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