Leeds United fans have become fairly upset with the FA and EFL in recent weeks. Many feel the club is being treated harshly when it comes to discipline. Not just with the Spygate scandal. Leeds fans were left aghast when Pontus Jansson was banned for post-match comments about a referee whilst Brentford midfielder Sergi Canos got away with a headbutt attempt.
Then came the Aston Villa melee. Patrick Bamford was banned for two games in retrospect after taking a dive to get Anwar El Ghazi sent off. Leeds fans had no complaints with that. However, Conor Hourihane was not punished for seemingly punching Mateusz Klich in the gut.
Essentially, Leeds fans feel they are not getting the rub of the green from officials and the FA.
It has even led to some conspiracy theories and talk of an agenda against the Elland Road outfit.
Those continued yesterday. Derby County secured their place in the play-offs with an impressive 3-1 win over West Brom. However, an argument has been made that Welsh international Tom Lawrence may have dived to allow Harry Wilson to score his penalty.
It is a tough one to see. On some occasions, it appears former Leeds defender Kyle Bartley makes contact, others it is not so clear. Either way, the Derby man goes down easily.
It led to many a Leeds fan debating the incident on Twitter. Some feel, no ban will be another sign of an agenda considering the fact Leeds now face Derby in the play-offs…
— Adam Pope (@apopey) May 5, 2019
“it’s not Leeds”.
— TotalLeeds.co ?? (@Totallufc) May 5, 2019
Nothing will happen Adam , it doesn’t fit the agenda.
— Dean Senior AATQB (@Maldino) May 5, 2019
Doesn’t need to be a stir Adam, it needs the EFL to be consistent and only a two game ban will do. Anything else will confirm bias against LUFC
— Bill Nettelfield (@nettelfield) May 5, 2019
While he touches his foot slightly, it is not enough to throw himself on the floor. Therefore cheating & deception. Typical Derby.
— Rob Tracey (@Robbiebond77) May 5, 2019
All the claims of contact is dogs! He kicks bartleys withdrawn leg and dupes the ref!
— Alex Swinden (@AlexSwinden) May 5, 2019
— ian scaife ?? (@ianscaife1) May 5, 2019
No chance of the EFL looking into this. Be different if it was a Leeds player
— Douglas Robins (@dougrobins46) May 5, 2019
Right colour top but wrong crest. Put a Leeds crest on the kit and its investigated.
— Scott N. (@Leedzzlad) May 5, 2019
He’s not wearing the right shirt, sweep it under the carpet and move on….
— Chris Toney (@Mrchristoney) May 5, 2019
The lad cheated. He got a pen. The ‘tackle’ wasn’t a great choice but he wasn’t touched he fell over like sack of spuds and got the pen which led to a goal. It was wrong and for consistency he needs banning. Simple as
— Luke Stokes (@lukestokes84) May 5, 2019
However, one Leeds fan injected a sense of realism into the debate…
I think the FA are anti Leeds as much as the next guy but this is a stone wall pen?
— Samuel Lang (@SamuelLang1996) May 5, 2019
Either way, Leeds play-off clash with Derby should be a tasty affair. Leeds fans will hope they overcome all their obstacles to book a date with destiny at Wembley.