Luton Town boss Nathan Jones makes apology to Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez

LUTON TOWN boss Nathan Jones says he has apologised to Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez after an altercation following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 10:11 am

Jones' Hatters bagged another valuable point in their bid to secure their Championship status but the draw saw Championship front-runners United's cushion in the division's automatic promotion spots trimmed to six points.

Hernandez and Jones exchanged words following the full-time whistle but Jones says the incident was his fault after saying something he shouldn't have in Hernandez's native Spanish.

"It's my fault," said Jones, asked about the incident by the YEP in his post-match press conference.

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APOLOGY: To Pablo Hernandez from Luton Town boss Nathan Jones, above. Picture by Dave Howarth/PA Wire.

"We had a little bit of an argument in his native tongue and I just wanted to show him I could speak Spanish.

"I probably said something I shouldn't have in Spanish but I apologised.

"It was nothing malicious or anything and I wanted to make sure that I spoke to him because it was my fault.

"There was nothing in it really but I wanted to make sure because I have the utmost respect for this Leeds team. They are the best team in the division.

"I know people who are here and I have worked with people who play in the Leeds side.

"It was a great point. He (Hernandez) was having a moan and things with us defending so much and frustrating them and obviously they want teams to come out and have a go at them here so that they can murder them. But we ain't that side.

"It was one of those things but nothing bad and we spoke and I got to practice my Spanish and Pablo got his apology."

Asked if he could elaborate on exactly what was said, Jones said: "I think he was having a moan and I just said 'hey we are fighting for our lives here.'

"I was a bit vociferous in that and I just wanted to make sure that they knew that we are fighting for our lives.

"We are not going to come here and be massively open. That's all it was.

"I have been called worse, I have called people worse every day and there's nothing in it."