With Derby County sweating on what possible action the Football Association would take retrospectively against talented attacker Tom Lawrence for his perceived dive in the final Championship campaign of the season last Sunday against West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United fans probably won’t be surprised with reports that they will, in fact, be taking no action at all.
The 25-year-old is a key player for Frank Lampard, contributing seven goals and two assists across the season for them, and he went down incredibly easily inside the penalty box in the final 20 minutes of the game, winning a penalty in the process.
From replays it seemed there was slight contact, but whether it was actually enough was always going to be the debate, so for me, it was never nailed on but plenty assumed the FA panel would convene and address the issue once the referee’s report came in on the basis of successful deception of a match official and plenty of pundits thought a ban would be heading his way, but Sky Sports reported yesterday that he would be free to feature in the Play-Offs as they have decided not to charge him.
Tom Lawrence will face no action from the Football Association over an alleged dive against West Brom. He's available for the play-off semi-final between Leeds United and Derby County. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 7, 2019
— David Burton (@davidburton22) May 7, 2019
I’m shocked, Phil. Shocked I tell you.
— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) May 7, 2019
Yeah, unfortunately having seen it again it's the correct decision.
— Dave (@_Dave_Smith) May 7, 2019
In future news, Gaetano Berardi injures Tom Lawrence in warm ups. #lufc
— Marshmello Bielsa ???????? (@benphelps17) May 7, 2019
Yet Gayle got banned for WBA
— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) May 7, 2019
I think the point people are trying to make.. is that if this was a Leeds player he’d have been banned. No doubt in my mind about it.
— Jack b (@jblufc89) May 7, 2019
Surprise Surprise ????????????
— Trant (@Trant05) May 7, 2019