Ask most Leeds United fans and they will gladly inform you that the football authorities are against them. Some call it bias; many call it corruption.

Be it the EFL or the FA, Leeds United fans will be quick to single out what they consider a lack of impartiality on behalf of either association. For these fans, EFL/FA decisions and judgements can be made well in advance – bookies wouldn’t even give odds on it.

The latest iteration of this said biased outlook comes as part of the furore coming emanating from the Battle of Elland Road between the Whites and Aston Villa recently.

In that game, the kindling was lit by a spark after Leeds played on with a Villa player on the floor after the latter had clattered into the back of Liam Cooper. The ball was worked to Mateusz Klich who cut inside and finished well past Jed Steer.

After that, all hell broke loose and Klich was confronted by Conor Hourihane whilst Patrick Bamford and Anwar El Ghazi came together. Bamford went down after the contretemps with El Ghazi, the Villa forward receiving a straight red. This was later rescinded and Bamford banned for simulation.

Hourihane was cited by the FA and this went before an independent FA panel of three who had to unanimously agree that Hourihane struck Klich. The video evidence was incontrovertible, there was definitely direct contact. However, as Leeds United fans would’ve predicted, Hourihane was found not guilty of violent conduct – nothing was to come of the incident.

This led Marcelo Bielsa to philosophise about what constituted violent conduct. The fallout has also led Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear to say this in his programme notes for tonight’s play-off semi-final against Derby County:

Here Kinnear turns the sarcasm up to 11 by slating the FA for having a “review board including Joey Barton and Conor McGregor” which decided that Hourihane striking Klich “did not reach their threshold of violent conduct.”

Anything like this is bound to lead to some form of reaction, indeed it did. Here’s how some Leeds United fans responded to Kinnear’s words.

Barton and McGregor comment from Kinnear – Leeds fans react


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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. Lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.

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