Aleksandar Mitrovic will reportedly escape a ban after the Fulham striker threw himself into the spotlight once again during Fulham’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Friday night – and Leeds United fans are fuming.
Mitrovic was caught clutching his face as he looked to deceive referee James Linington, following an altercation with Huddersfield winger Rajiv van La Parra. Indeed, the Serbian striker went to the floor, feigning a facial injury.
But replays showed that Mitrovic had not been struck in the face by van La Parra, instead the former Newcastle striker was play-acting. Now, The Sun have claimed he will not be banned for the incident.
Linington saw the incident and chose not to reprimand either player. Because van La Parra remained on the field of play, Mitrovic has escaped a ban. Had the Dutch winger been sent off, he would have deceived the officials – and therefore been banned.
Last season, Patrick Bamford was banned for Leeds’ first play-off semi-final leg against Derby for doing exactly the same as Mitrovic. The only difference being, though, that Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi was sent off because of Bamford’s actions.
Leeds fans have reacted to the decision made by the EFL – as reported by The Sun – and are angry that Mitrovic has escaped punishment. Many believe the EFL have a long-standing vendetta against Marcelo balsa’s side.
— Matthew Healy (@matty2stone) August 18, 2019
So if the ref saw it, will the ref get punished for failing to do his job by not sending Mitrovic off for cheating? https://t.co/p4ez8H5tjy
— Shaken Not Sterland 💙💛 (@andy_lufc39) August 18, 2019
If the ref saw it then he should of given Mitrovic a yellow at least for cheating…..seeing as he hasnt done anything then the @EFL should be asking him why he didnt do anything
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) August 18, 2019
Mitrovic does not sound like Bamford unfortunately. One rule for one. You know the score pal ………..
— Marcus Noble (@marcusnoble23) August 18, 2019
— thestraw (@gjengland) August 18, 2019
Can somebody please explain why Bamford got a 2 match ban, but there will be no action taken against Mitrovic? There must be an actual explanation other than the EFL being incompetent. #lufc
— Lee.ds (@anyoldsport) August 18, 2019