Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed ahead of the Play-Off Semi-Final with Derby County at Pride Park that fair play will not be an issue, as we fully intend to play to the referee’s whistle in this doubleheader following the shenanigans against Aston Villa.
With Tyler Roberts deemed to have feigned putting the ball out of play before we scored, and then subsequently let Villa equalise, Bielsa has shut down the conversation with pundits and fans debating the relative merits of both sides of the argument and insisted ahead of the game he will speak with the referee and counterpart Frank Lampard so that there is absolute clarity on how we approach on pitch injuries.
Quoted by the Guardian from his pre-game press conference on Thursday, Bielsa explained.
“We have reached the common decision with the players, we decide to adapt 100% to the rules and we understand that if we have one player down we don’t have to put the ball out. We also think that if a player from the opposing team is down, we shouldn’t interrupt the play and put the ball out. We all know that the person that has to take this decision is the referee. Before the game we will tell the referee and the head coach of Derby and the captain of Derby that we will behave like that.”
It’s clear to all, the referee must do his job and there are no grey areas that can give rise to any confusion.