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Friday 29 August 2014

Get smart or get lost Bates tells Roman

FORMER Chelsea owner Ken Bates says he will put manners on Roman Abramovich when he arrives at Elland Road for another chapter in one of the most bitter rivalries in football.

Tonight's Capitol Cup quarter-final will reignite a decades old enmity between Leeds and Chelsea but Bates will be civilised at all times once Abramovich agrees to change his usual open-shirted style.

"In the boardroom we invite six guests and I don't care who comes along from Chelsea as long as they wear a jacket and tie," he said.

Leeds Chairman Bates took a crack at Chelsea's decision to sack his 'son', Roberto Di Matteo. "Robbie Di Matteo's an intelligent man. He has degrees in maths and economics, but Chelsea sacked him because he lost a couple of games.

"Watching Leeds play Chelsea at Elland Road will be like getting a new Bentley with your mother-in-law in the passenger seat and watching it go over a cliff.

"But it's a huge game for Leeds and I want them to win."

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