Leeds United’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa was one of the more remarkable Championship games of the season after the fallout following the Whites’ opener.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side decided to play on with Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia down and went on to score after the visitors had stopped when it appeared Tyler Roberts would kick the ball out.
That sparked a lot of pushing and shoving between the players and Anwar El Ghazi was sent off as a result after the assistant believed he had struck Patrick Bamford.
As replays proved, that wasn’t the case, with the Leeds striker disgracefully pretending he had been hit in the face.
And, that could have serious implications for Bamford, with The Sun reporting that he will be given a two-game ban for ‘successfully deceiving a match official’.
No one could argue with that charge and many will feel it’s justice for the awful way he acted on the pitch and the striker must surely be regretting his behaviour now.
Firstly, one of the two games will be the play-off semi-final first leg and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is sure to be furious that he won’t be able to call on a player who has nine goals in 22 games for such a ridiculous reason.
Those small details could be significant in what will be a huge game.
From the players perspective, he will also have lost his place at the wrong time of the season.
Fellow forward Kemar Roofe is expected to return for the final league game at Ipswich next week and you can easily see him keeping his place for the remainder of the campaign.
For many Leeds fans that’s great news as they’ve been unhappy with Bamford’s recent performances and you can understand why as the former Middlesbrough man has been wasteful in front of goal.
His actions also won’t have endeared himself to the support who won’t like seeing a player act like that either.
So, providing he is banned as expected, Bamford could have a lot of making up to do when he returns and he will be hoping that he can score the goals to take Leeds back to the Premier League to make up to his teammates, the manager and the support after his shameful antics yesterday.
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