West Bromwich Albion fans weren’t the only fans across football watching on when it came to last weekend’s antics between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road.
Both sides are in the mix for the Play-Off spots and we could potentially meet both if we succeed on our route through to the final at Wembley, but the game held more than simply watching a potential opponent.
With disagreements over whether or not the ball should’ve been put out after Jonathan Kodjia went down, some spoke of Mats Klich’s goal being offside. Others focused on the clashes that took place after he scored and that’s before we even got to a red card involving Patrick Bamford or Marcelo Bielsa ‘spying’ an opportunity for some good press as he instructed his side to let them walk the ball in to equalise.
The Football Association got involved and El Ghazi’s red card was scrubbed off with Patrick Bamford charged with successful deception of a referee, but the independent FA panel also looked at the incident between Conor Hourihane and goalscorer Klich.
Reviewing the footage they decided that ‘whatever’ had happened between the pair wasn’t violent conduct, and it’s left fans angry, confused, bemused and with even less faith in the footballing authorities.
The mind boggles.
And for Hourihane for punching Klich or is a punch only a punch when it's a fan throwing it?? ???? https://t.co/HjrWFZ8hvq
— WBA Rainbow Stand ® (@TheRainbowStand) April 30, 2019
So it turns out if you raise your hands against and opponent you can get away with it.
Explain to me how hourihane can get away it? Shocking.
The other decisions are correct though.
— steve wba (@stevewba10) April 30, 2019
How they can say that is not a violent act is a joke
— Danny Coleman (@DannyColeman92) April 30, 2019
A punch isn’t violent conduct!? Give up ???? https://t.co/H255oz3Zw4
— hannah ✨ (@Hannanar) April 30, 2019
He should have gone to ground and rolled around like Grealish would have done had someone had the nerve to so much as breath anywhere near him maybe they would have seen it as violent conduct then
— Ricci Dunn (@B_H_Baggie) April 30, 2019
Panel members found living in Aston …….. shambles
— Derbyshire Baggie (@Derbysbaggie) April 30, 2019