Leeds United have made a solid start to their 2019/20 campaign and currently sit top of the pile in the Championship.
They have tasted defeat just once in eight games and will look to make up for losing in the play-offs last season.
Last night saw Leeds claim a surprising accolade at the FIFA Awards which took place at a ceremony in Milan.
The Whites were awarded the Fair Play mantle after allowing Aston Villa to run in an unchallenged equaliser against them last season.
Leeds had scored a goal whilst a Villa player lay injured on the turf. Boss Marcelo Bielsa was incensed that his side hadn’t kicked the ball out of play and subsequently demanded his team allow Albert Adomah to run from the kick-off and restore parity.
Quite bizarrely Pontus Jansson took exception to Bielsa’s instruction and did make an attempt to thwart Adomah in his tracks. Nonetheless, the Fair Play award has gone to Leeds.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani took to Twitter following the showpiece ceremony. He was quick to mock the ‘Dirty Leeds’ mantra that is so often thrown at Leeds from rival clubs and also posed for a photo with global superstar Kylian Mbappe and Whites captain Liam Cooper:
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) September 23, 2019
Naturally, Leeds fans were buzzing with this cheeky tweet and responded to their owner in earnest.
Here is a selection of Tweets from the club’s supporters in response to Radrizzani’s message:
Mbappe to Leeds🧐
— J💙💛 (@J_lufc_3) September 23, 2019
My captain stood with K.Mbappe
— lewis (@restortion) September 23, 2019
A well deserved award and great free worldwide publicity for @LUFC . Oh and it's has upset so many of our haters makes it even better. ALAW
— Steve (@LufcTyke) September 24, 2019
Congratulations! It was a pleasure and honour to have attended that game in April with my 10 year old lad. It was our first game and we travelled from Canada to see it. Marcelo Bielsa showed my son a valuable lesson in fair play that day. You should all be proud! #MOT #ALAW
— Michael L. Maynard (@MaynardM) September 23, 2019
Careful @andrearadri – we’re in serious danger of being seen as a solid, reputable and esteemed club under your stewardship – that would never do 😂😂😂 Seriously though, a great testament to the +ve changes you have brought to the club. Congratulations #MOT
— Epithet (@epithet) September 24, 2019
Hope you were talking numbers with Mbappe 😂
— lufcmat (@Mathew1982) September 23, 2019
Best owner in forever 😎
— sean brazil (@braziler89) September 23, 2019
— Liam (@Liamdestroyer39) September 23, 2019