Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane has escaped punishment despite appearing to punch Leeds’ Mateusz Klich during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
The game exploded in the second half after the hosts carried on playing, and took the lead, with Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia injured in the centre circle.
That prompted an angry reaction from the visitors, with Hourihane seen grabbing goalscorer Klich, whilst several other incidents broke out involving players and coaches from both sides.
Eventually it was settled as Marcelo Bielsa insisted his side allow Villa to equalise from the resulting kick-off.
However, footage has since emerged appearing to show the Irishman punching Klich too. Yet, journalist Phil Hay revealed that a panel insisted it didn’t warrant a red card when reviewing the incident today.
Several other moments from the game were checked, with Patrick Bamford set to serve a two-game ban for his role in Anwar El Ghazi’s red card.
Whilst Leeds fans acknowledge that was the right call, they aren’t happy with how Hourihane has avoided a ban.
Here’s how some reacted to the news on twitter…
No problem with the Bamford ban, but if they give that how is there nothing in a punch from Hourihane and Klich being grabbed by the throat?
— Joe (@JoeBrewer95) April 30, 2019
Ah yes, one of those non-violent punches.
— I Hate Leeds (@ihatelufc) April 30, 2019
How is punching someone not violent conduct?
— Tony P Dickinson (@tonypdickinson) April 30, 2019
Would the police find it violent!? I think so…
— Dux3y (@Dux3y) April 30, 2019
Completely agree with the Bamford ban but how can the punch not be seen as violent conduct? Disgraceful
— Andy Platt (@AndyPlatt) April 30, 2019
That is ridiculous, I’d laugh but it’s becoming silly.
— Chantelle (@clunn1989) April 30, 2019
what a joke – not violent conduct !
— Dazill (@Desmondo007) April 30, 2019