Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane will not have action taken against him for an apparent punch thrown at Leeds United’s Mateusz Klich in the sides feisty 1-1 draw over the weekend.
The game will live long in the memory after Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa allowed Villa to equalise following Klich’s strike in the second half.
Villa were furious the ball wasn’t kicked out as Jonathan Kodjia lay injured, with Leeds playing on and the Polish international scoring with a neat finish.
That prompted Hourihane to grab the midfielder and there were several other issues involving other players and the coaching staff too.
As the pushing and shoving continued, the Irishman appeared to throw a punch at Klich which wouldn’t have been picked up by any officials at the time.
And, Telegraph reporter John Percy has revealed on twitter that Hourihane will not be cited for the incident, which would’ve resulted in a three-game ban for violent conduct.
That would’ve ruled the 28-year-old out of Sunday’s final league game against Norwich, as well as both legs of the play-off semi-final.
You’d have to say that Hourihane is lucky to have escaped a ban from this as even though it wasn’t the most vicious blow you’ll see, it’s not something you can often get away with on the pitch.
His frustration was understandable and he made his feelings clear to Klich but that was crossing the line.
Nevertheless, a decision has been made and Villa and the player will be very relieved at the outcome.
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