Leeds United fans will readily tell you that, when it comes to the footballing authorities, it’s one rule for Leeds and a whole book of different ones for everyone else.
Yes, they will tell you quite vociferously that this is the case. Unfair treatment handed down by the authorities almost becomes blasé to the point of acceptance by Whites fans.
Point in question is the fact that Brentford’s Sergi Canos escaped an FA charge and possible ban for headbutting Leeds’ Gjanni Alioski. It was caught on camera, discussed on social media and was as clear as day a headbutt. Except that an independent, three-person committee couldn’t agree unanimously so.
Then Pontus Jansson was given a one-match FA ban for calling into question the integrity of the referee that game after a dubious penalty award. It was the manner of his response, more than anything else, that got him into bother. Well, that and saying that the referee had “committed a robbery.”
If that’s the case, if that’s what gets a player an FA charge and ban, then QPR’s Toni Leistner is bang to rights following this tweet – surely?
— Toni Leistner (@ToniLeistner) December 9, 2018
Leistner’s tweet (above) is referring to the awarding of Leeds’ first penalty in 59 games at the weekend, the defender being adjudged to have handled. It was a penalty that Kemar Roofe fair smashed away to give Leeds a 2-1 win on the day and consolidate their place near the top of the Championship pile.
In all seriousness, Leistner MUST be getting a call from the FA over this one? In order to remain consistent and transparent, the game’s governing body has to get on the blower and, like they did with Pontus Jansson, ask for Leistner’s ‘observations’ on the matter.
Talking of Jansson, here’s the big Swede with some very timely advice for his fellow defender:
You might be in prison if you use those words as a Leeds player 😂
All the best big man, stay strong!
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) December 9, 2018
Timely and sagacious all in one swoop. Whilst he says it in jest, you can’t help but feel the irony dripping through Jansson’s words.