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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa blasts decision to send Kiko Casilla off in 1-0 loss to Sheffield United

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa blasts decision to send Kiko Casilla off in 1-0 loss to Sheffield United

Marcelo Bielsa discusses Kiko Casilla’s red card.

Leeds United’s automatic promotion hopes were handed a blow on Saturday as Sheffield United edged them out at Elland Road.

In an automatic promotion six-pointer, Sheffield United produced a smash-and-grab performance against Leeds, winning 1-0 despite spending most of the game on the back foot.

As a result, Sheffield United leapfrogged Leeds into second place as the race for the top two spots hots up.

After the game, Marcelo Bielsa discussed the referee’s decision to send his goalkeeper Kiko Casilla off at the end of the match, The Yorkshire Post reports.

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At the start of injury time, Casilla was given his marching orders by the referee after he was adjudged to have taken Billy Sharp down as the last man.

 

It was a straight red card for the Spaniard, who could miss Leeds’ next game unless Bielsa appeals – which he has hinted at.

Bielsa told his post-match press conference (via The Yorkshire Post): “Usually I don’t express an opinion on the behaviour of the referees but I think this action should have been judged by taking into account the help Kiko had around him. For a player to get a red card means that he’s the only one who can solve the problem. We’ll see if he was the last one or not.”

Bailey Peacock-Farrell will take Casilla’s spot between the sticks unless Bielsa chooses to appeal after re-watching the footage.

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