On Thursday, the Football Association confirmed that following his charge for successful deception of a match official in Leeds United’s recent Championship clash with Aston Villa, striker Patrick Bamford had been hit with a two game ban.
Everyone knows the incident and what happened and it was one incident of many in what turned into a feisty affair in the final 20 minutes of the match, but Leeds felt the need to release a Statement following the not entirely unexpected news coming in.
???? | #LUFC responds to Patrick Bamford being handed a two-match ban following Sunday's game against Aston Villa
— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 2, 2019
They pointed out that although Bamford accepted the charge, in so far as not denying it, the club felt the need to request a personal hearing where a few issues from the game could be discussed, not least manager Marcelo Bielsa’s instruction to let Villa equalise, when in fact, there was no real reason to do so other than an extreme take on fair play.
“The club felt that given the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the extraordinary act of sportsmanship which saw our head coach Marcelo Bielsa demand our team to allow Aston Villa to score an uncontested equaliser, we could have a sensible discussion around the sanction. We acknowledge that the FA panel did not feel that to be reasonable and the club therefore joins Patrick in accepting the two-match ban.”
I doubt the club expected any other outcome after the independent regulatory commission decided that a punch wasn’t violent conduct.
Bamford now misses the final game of the campaign against Ipswich Town, and the first leg of our Play-Off Semi-Final which is still to be confirmed.
I think this sums up the feelings of most.
— Tommo (@LUFC1992) May 2, 2019