Leeds United’s game with Aston Villa certainly lived up to the hype, but for all the wrong reasons, with a mass brawl breaking out after Leeds opened the scoring.
Mateusz Klich netted the opener, and Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane sparked the brawl before the Leeds midfielder could even start his celebration.
Leeds then allowed Villa to equalise shortly after, in a move that certainly didn’t go down well with the Elland Road faithful on the day.
A former Leeds United man has weighed in with his verdict on the incident that stole the headlines in a closely-fought battle between the two promotion-chasing sides.
In an interview with Football Insider, Noel Whelan branded Aston Villa midfielder, Conor Hourihane’s actions ‘disgusting’ and wasn’t happy with the scenes he witnessed.
“It was disgusting. Hourihane was very lucky not to get sent off. He clearly punched Klich in the chest, and that is a clear red card if it is seen.
“What did Klich do wrong? He was simply playing to the whistle.
Whelan also felt that Leeds didn’t have to put the ball out of play and made the right call in playing on, as Kodjia’s injury wasn’t a head injury.
“You are taught from a young age to play to the whistle, and you don’t have to put the ball out unless there is a head injury, or a really serious injury. That wasn’t the case with the Jonathan Kodjia injury.”
It remains to been as to what punishment (if any) that the players involved will face over the unsavoury scenes at Elland Road, but it’s unlikely it’ll go unpunished.
Both sides could meet in the play-off final if they win their semi-finals in the next coming weeks, and it would be quite the spectacle if they did meet at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.
He’s spot on here.
Hourihane certainly didn’t cover himself in glory in the unsavoury scenes at Elland Road, and I find it hard to believe that he won’t be punished for his actions.
It’s the heat of the moment, but you simply can’t do that, and it could prove costly as he could be banned for the play-offs.