A number of Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news that Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United have been awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award following their controversial meeting last season.
Bielsa was lauded by many in football after instructing his players to allow Villa to score a goal uncontested when they met at Elland Road.
Leeds had gone in front after playing on when Jonathan Kodjia had gone down injured. Villa were angered as they had put the ball out for a Whites injury in the minutes before, and Tyler Roberts slowed down while on the ball as though he was about to put the ball out. He then however, played the ball down the line to Klich.
There were then some incredible scenes as Bielsa told his players to allow Villa to immediately equalise. And that moment has been recognised by FIFA.
Football’s governing body awarded Bielsa and the current Championship leaders with the Fair Play Award this week. And it has prompted an interesting reaction from the Villa fans on social media.
Villa fans divided
Some, unsurprisingly, believe that Leeds do not deserve the award. The Spygate saga from earlier in the season led many to slam the Whites and Bielsa.
On the other hand, there have actually been a number of Villa supporters who have praised Bielsa and suggested that he does deserve the honour.
Here is what some of the Villa fans made of the award…
Hang on, did I see that right? Leeds United and Bielsa got awarded the fair play award for what happened in our match?
Sorry no, don’t agree with that at all.
— chris coleman (@coleman83avfc) September 23, 2019
I don’t know why villa fans are so angry at Leeds, Bielsa was incredibly sportsman like in letting us equalise….
— James (@_JamesAVFC) September 23, 2019
Well Bielsa deserves it, even if #NastyLeeds started all the grief in the first place.
— Marilyn Lewis (@medievalmarilyn) September 23, 2019
— June Mynard (@kelwell16) September 23, 2019
— Emma Thompson (@EmzLouise18) September 23, 2019
— Joe Montague Ⓥ (@joemontagoo) September 24, 2019
— Chris lawrance (@chrislawrance73) September 23, 2019
Leeds win FIFA fair play award!! Was this the leeds with or without bamford and pontus, for their fans booing when we scored THAT goal or for simply falling apart again and letting us get promoted? FIFA are still deluded!!