Marcelo Bielsa has been labelled ‘a bit autistic’ by two former France players that were familiar with his work at Marseille.Frank Leboeuf and Christophe Dugarry have slammed the Leeds manager for his behaviour during his spell with the Ligue 1 club between 2014 and 2015.Leeds have been top of the Championship table for the majority of the season, with many backing Bielsa to lead the Yorkshire club to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the Argentine’s first campaign in England has not been short of controversy, with the 63-year-old coming in for criticism when it emerged he was sending spies to watch Leeds’ opponents train earlier this season.Leboeuf, who played for Marseille between 2001 and 2003, says he has no respect for Bielsa and claims the Leeds boss once totally ignored one of his players in a lift during his time in charge of the French outfit.”He’s somebody I don’t like. I don’t like his life philosophy. I don’t like how he manages a group and for me he’s shown nothing,” the Frenchman told RMC Sport.”To take the lift in the morning with your captain, to not say hello and to not even look at him, there’s a bit of a problem.”Dugarry was also critical of Bielsa and went as far as to say that some of his behaviour was ‘a bit autistic’.”It’s the way he treats people, journalists, it’s a bit autistic, isn’t it?”The pair also went on to suggest that Bielsa’s staff have no respect for him and continued to hit out at the Argentine for his conduct.Leeds are currently sat in second place in the Championship having been leapfrogged by Norwich City after they were beaten by the Canaries at Elland Road on Saturday.
Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni, accredited by the Milan weekly Diario, was kidnapped in Iraq on 20 August and reported executed last week in a video delivered to the Arab television channel Aljazeera. He was one 51 journalists and media workers killed in Iraq in the past 17 months, making the conflict one of the bloodiest for the profession, according to the International News Safety Institute.Bangladeshi organized crime reporter Kamal Hossain of the daily Ajker Kagoj was the third journalist murdered in the south Asian country this year according to the non-governmental organization Reporters without Borders, which said there had been four cases of assault on reporters since 13 August and that 60 journalists had received threats over the past month.”I condemn this flagrant disregard for civilian lives and for the most fundamental human values,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said of Mr. Baldoni’s murder. “The cold-blooded sacrifice of journalists who are committed to their professional duty to inform the public in difficult conditions, and of their co-workers, shows indescribable cynicism.” Paying tribute to the courage and dedication of Iraqi and international journalists and their collaborators, he added: “It is encouraging to see that the profession’s commitment remains unflagging despite the heavy death toll. The free flow of information is essential for democracy and I call for every possible measure to be taken to enable journalists to continue carrying out their work in conditions of improved safety.” Of Mr. Hossain, Mr. Matsuura said: “The fact that criminals are resorting to brutal acts to muzzle the voice of the media highlights the profession’s importance for transparency, democracy and the rule of law. I am alarmed at the heavy tribute being levied on media professionals in Bangladesh and I applaud their commitment to public information and freedom of expression.”Over the past several months Mr. Matsuura has issued numerous condemnations of the murder of journalists in various countries, calling them an attack on society as a whole.