Leeds United let Aston Villa score on Marcelo Bielsa’s orders after brawl breaks out in wake of Mateusz Klich goal
Leeds United allowed Aston Villa to score a goal uncontested after a brawl broke out in the wake of the Whites taking the lead at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa ordered his players to allow Albert Adomah a free shot on goal as Mateusz Klich scored for Leeds despite Jonathan Kodjia, the Villa forward, going down injured.
All the players stopped as it appeared the ball would be put out of play after Kodjia went down, but Leeds kept going with Klich making his way into the box and firing past Jed Steer in goal.
A brawl broke out as soon as Klich scored, and it resulted in two bookings and a red card to Anwar El Ghazi for an apparent elbow on Patrick Bamford.
All the players did stop after the restart, except for Pontus Jansson, who tried to win the ball off Adomah – the eventual goalscorer.
The game remained tied at 1-1 despite late Leeds pressure, with the result confirming Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League.
Bielsa has been praised for his decision to favour good sportsmanship over Leeds’ victory, even though it ended Leeds’ hopes of securing automatic promotion this season.
The Whites will instead face the play-offs, with Villa a potential opponent of theirs in the race for a place in the Premier League.
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Though praise has been directed at Bielsa, his striker Bamford has been criticised for the role he played in El Ghazi’s sending off.
Bamford went down after a clash with the winger, who was dismissed for an alleged elbow to the English striker’s head.
However, replays showed that there was no serious contact from El Ghazi, and Villa are expected to attempt to have the red card overturned.
Source: SportsLatest TS