Leeds United fans have become fairly disillusioned with the FA and EFL this season. A lot of it stems from what they feel is unfair disciplinary treatment.
There was the infamous Spygate episode, Pontus Jansson’s suspension for post-match comments and then the furore after the recent Aston Villa game.
Whilst nobody disagreed that Patrick Bamford deserved to be punished for his simulation, the fact Conor Hourihane escaped despite seeming to punch Mateusz Klich in the stomach did not go down well.
The Polish international was himself involved in an incident yesterday. He appeared to headbutt Derby defender Fikayo Tomori in the solar plexus during the play-off semi-final first-leg at Pride Park.
Many Leeds fans now fear the worst. The worry is that retrospective action could see Klich picking up a suspension.
However, that does seem unlikely. The reason why is simple. Klich was booked by referee Craig Pawson for the incident. With that in mind, the referee has effectively dealt with the problem at the time.
Such cases are rarely reviewed as it undermines the integrity of the referee’s decision on the field. Sometimes this works against you, others with.
On this occasion, Leeds United will be pleased with this little loophole. If not, Klich could very well have faced a ban for Elland Road on Wednesday night.