Pontus Jansson’s comments after Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Brentford were always going to land him in hot water.
Swearing on camera and calling the result a ‘robbery’ was never going to escape the attention of the FA; the defender has now been charged for his post-match words.
He has so far escaped a ban but faces the prospect of a fine, so some solace can be found in the fact the punishment will likely impact him alone and not his team-mates.
His initial comments may draw support from the fans; that raw passion they have is too often lacking on the pitch, and in the heat of the moment, the censure it draws can be forgiven.
But Jansson’s response to the charge is also worrying. He described the comments as ‘no big thing’ and that indicates that there is no real acceptance of what was wrong.
Whether Jansson agrees with the rules or not, they are clear and he was always going to be in breach of them by saying what he said.
He has to bite his tongue as the season goes on; or else he will get a ban and be unable to help his team-mates in their promotion bid.