There was a considerable amount of controversy surrounding Leeds’ game with Aston Villa at the weekend, with both sides clashing in unsavoury scenes at Elland Road.
It saw both teams charged over the incident, with Patrick Bamford being banned for claiming to be assaulted by Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi when footage showed no such incident.
But Aston Villa midfielder, Conor Hourihane surprisingly went unpunished for his role in the melee on Sunday, as he appeared to strike Leeds’ Mateusz Klich.
Former Leeds United favourite, Ian Harte weighed in with his scathing verdict on Hourihane not facing punishment over the incident.
It’s a disgrace that Villa players get away with what they did ???? But Leeds United get done every time…. As a ex footballer you DONT stop until the referee says!!! https://t.co/JkKP3HwSrV
— Ian Harte (@ianharte23) April 30, 2019
It’s certainly an eye-opening claim made by the former Leeds man, who will be hoping that the Whites can return to the Premier League this season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side can’t afford to dwell on the numerous missed opportunities they had to finish in the automatic promotion places this season and will be focusing on the play-offs that are coming up.
Leeds are next in action when they take on already-relegated, Ipswich Town this weekend, in a game where Bielsa could be tempted to make changes to rest his key players ahead of the play-offs.
He’s spot on here.
I think it’s outrageous that Hourihane has got away with his actions here as he quite clearly assaulted Klich in the middle of the controversy.
What more proof will have been needed?
I think they should look at this incident again and hit Hourihane with a ban.