Playing to the Whistle: Social Media Reacts to Klich’s Controversial Leeds United Goal

After Sunday’s controversy at Elland Road, we analyse what happened, who was in the wrong, and how social media reacted.

With both sides eyes set on the Play Offs, they went in to Sunday’s match hoping to gain some momentum ahead of the eagerly anticipated battle for the last promotion place to the Premier League.

Klich opened the scoring for the home side after Aston Villa players switched off, anticipating a Leeds player kicking the ball out of play due to striker Jonathan Kodjia being down injured in the semi-circle. At one point Tyler Roberts was shaped to kick the ball out for Kodjia to receive treatment, but the youngster played through Klich who tucked the ball away to open the scoring after 81 minutes, telling Leeds United TV after the game: “I didn’t see the Aston Villa player laying on the ground, the referee didn’t stop the game and I thought we were playing on and I got the ball and was focused on the action.”

Mateusz Klich: I didn’t see the player on the ground
[leedsunited.com]

What broke out afterwards was described as a “melee” by the Whites on their official website, as Villa players reacted angrily to the manner of the goal. Players and staff of both teams came face-to-face, with the game not restarting for another 5 minutes. Amid all of this there was a red card produced for Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi after Patrick Bamford hit the deck, deceiving the officials as there was no contact made from El Ghazi, and after much debate on social media and in the stadium alike, Leeds allowed Albert Adomah to run through on goal after the kick-off to level the scoring. To add to the controversy, angered Leeds defender Pontus Jansson attempted to clear the ball away as Adomah ran through unchallenged.

This goal has raised a lot of questions: were Leeds wrong to play on? Should Leeds have let Villa run through to equalise? What would have happened had there been more on the line for both sides?

Fans and pundits have had their say on Twitter…

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