Leeds United’s hat-trick ace Saiz cleared in ‘spit’ storm

Samuel Saiz in action against Port Vale.
Samuel Saiz in action against Port Vale.
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Samuel Saiz will face no action over spitting allegations made against him by Port Vale manager Michael Brown after the Football Association ruled out disciplinary charges.

The FA cleared the Leeds United midfielder of wrongdoing following an investigation stemming from comments made by Brown in the aftermath of last week’s League Cup tie at Elland Road.

Brown accused Saiz of spitting at Vale defender Joe Davis in the first half of their 4-1 first-round defeat and asked Leeds to substitute the Spaniard at half-time.

United refused to remove Saiz and the 26-year-old, who was making his competitive debut, went on to complete a hat-trick with two second-half goals.

Spitting offences carry a minimum six-game ban under FA rules but Leeds issued a statement the following morning saying: “Our player denies the allegation and we are confident that the referee’s report with vindicate him.”

Brown, the former Leeds midfielder, admitted that video footage appeared inconclusive and the FA has ended its investigation after contacting both clubs for their observations.