Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa were handed the FIFA Fairplay Award in Milan on Monday night at The Best FIFA Football Awards – and it prompted hilarious reaction from BBC Radio 5 Live pundits Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Micah Richards.
Captain Liam Cooper and fitness coach Benoit Delaval travelled to Milan alongside Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani to pick up the award, which was given to Bielsa for allowing Aston Villa to score an unopposed equaliser back in April.
With Jonathan Kodjia injured, Leeds continued to play and although Tyler Roberts looked as though he was going to kick the ball out of play, Mateusz Klich went on to score. But Bielsa was not happy, and ordered his Leeds players to stand down.
Arsenal legend Wright, outspoken pundit Sutton and ex-Aston Villa player Richards reacted on BBC Radio 5 Live in a video posted on their official Twitter account – which sees all three former players finding the funny side of the award.
🤔Who would you pick for your FIFA Fair Play Award 2019?
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) September 24, 2019
TBR’s view – Award is more proof that Bielsa has put Leeds on the map
Since the Argentine took over at Elland Road, the calibre of Leeds United has grown and grown. It is nearing the kind of world recognition that Leeds enjoyed on their run towards the Champions League semi-finals in 2001.
The press conference on Spygate drove world media into a frenzy, as did Bielsa’s decision to allow Villa to score. Bielsa is stamping his own legacy on Leeds, and Leeds are all the better for it.