Pontus Jansson certainly said what he thought when commenting that referee Jeremy Simpson’s performance after the Brentford draw at Elland Road was a “robbery” and left him feeling “sh*t”.
Now, according to Swedish source Aftonbladet, he’s staying silent with a story today quoting Jansson as saying “I have had strict orders not to say anything.”
It was due to his outburst regarding Simpson’s performance that he is facing an FA charge of bringing the game into disrepute, a charge he must answer before tonight’s 6pm deadline.
The popular Swede’s rant came on the back of a penalty awarded after Ollie Watkins felt the touch of Bailey-Peacock Farrell’s shadow and launched himself almost into the stands with a leap that Robin Cousins would’ve been most proud of.
It was in the after-match interview with Sky Sports that, responding to a rather banal question, Jansson gave his more than honest appraisal – and left severe scorching to the ears of many listeners.
However, the source of the enforced silence is unknown. With Jansson maintaining a tight-lipped approach, it is not clear whether the silence is self-imposed, or whether the orders have come down from Leeds United themselves.
However, responding to questions posed by Aftonbladet about whether it was club-imposed, Jansson does give a little clue with his response. With the question posed, Aftonbladet say “Jansson wants to answer. No comments, he says with a smile.”
It is a waiting game for Jansson, but one where Leeds United fans will be quick to tell you what the outcome is. Come 6pm, even with Pontus Jansson’s silence, his fate is likely already sealed.