Leeds United chief takes astonishing swipe at Aston Villa over THAT controversy
Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear has taken aim at Aston Villa and the Football Association for the way they reacted to the clash at Elland Road in April.
Villa will face either Leeds United or Derby County in the Championship play-off final at Wembley and in his programme notes ahead of Wednesday’s semi final second leg, Kinnear criticised the FA for their handling of the fiery affair between the Whites and the claret and blues last month.
In the ensuing melee involving most of the players on the pitch, Patrick Bamford hit the deck holding his face after an incident with Anwar El Ghazi and the Villa winger has shown a straight red card which was subsequently rescinded.
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Bamford was then punished retrospectively, hit with a two-match ban for deceiving the referee.
And Kinnear didn’t hold back as he laid into English football’s governing body ahead of a pivotal evening for his side, also accusing Villa of starting the commotion.
“While this remarkable act of sportsmanship was applauded by football supporters around the globe, it went completely unrecognised by our governing body who refused to accept it as any type of mitigation and retrospectively banned Patrick Bamford and then proceeded to fine the club for failing to control our players in a mass confrontation,” he wrote.
“Astoundingly, they decided that the financial penalty to Leeds should be higher than the penalty to Aston Villa, despite it being clearly evident which party were protagonists.”
The two sets of staff on each bench were also involved in heated discussions and the controversy didn’t end there.
A major sticking point for Leeds fans was the fact that Conor Hourihane, who appeared to push Klich immediately after he scored the goal, did not receive any punishment after the incident was reviewed.
He added: “The unsatisfactory regulatory conclusion to the whole incident was compounded when, for the second time this season, the FA’s three man review board including Joey Barton and Conor McGregor ruled that an action against our player did not reach their threshold of violent conduct. I could highlight the futility of appealing these decisions, but what’s the point?”