Sky Sports pundit David Prutton was surprised that Conor Hourihane’s reaction to Leeds United’s opening goal on Sunday was not ‘looked at’, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The whole affair was shambolic, but the upshot is that Patrick Bamford has been ruled out for two matches for getting Anwar El Ghazi sent off, but Aston Villa’s Irish international Hourihane has escaped censure.
Prutton said: “The most surprising thing to me about the whole incident was the way Conor Hourihane reacted to Mateusz Klich’s goal.
“Villa’s players approached Klich in a very agressive way and from what I have seen of Hourihane and the brief times that I have chatted to him, you don’t feel that he comes across like that type of personality. I can’t understand why Hourihane’s reaction has not been looked at.”
At this stage of the season, the decisions taken by the powers that be off the pitch regarding who is suspended and who escapes can have a huge impact on the promotion race.
Villa reacted very angrily when they really should have just played to the whistle in the first instance.
It’s only because Marcelo Bielsa was stung by English football’s bizarre grasp on sportsmanship earlier this season that he bowed to Villa’s posturing and instructed his side to concede, and Hourihane was as much a part of that as anyone.