Aston Villa chief shares what he told Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa after game

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United and Aston Villa played out a chaotic 1-1 draw this past weekend.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on April 28, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Aston Villa's Director of Football Jesus Garcia Pitarch has revealed to AS that he personally thanked Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa for his sportsmanship after Sunday's chaotic clash at Elland Road.

Bielsa has been lauded for instructing his Leeds players to let Aston Villa equalise after Mateusz Klich's controversial opener.

Klich sparked a lengthy melee between both teams for opening the scoring after the Villa players had stopped playing due to an injury to Jonathan Kodjia.

From the kickoff, Albert Adomah scored an uncontested goal despite attempts from Leeds' Pontus Jansson to prevent it, and Pitarch revealed that he visited the Argentine directly after the game to thank him.


"The fans, including the Leeds fans, understood it as something normal and applauded it [Bielsa's decision]," the Aston Villa director told Spanish publication AS.

"In England they can kill you in a divided ball, but putting the ball out is expected, because it's understood that the [injured] player is not involved. After the game I went down to the dressing room to talk to Bielsa and congratulate him personally."

There was nothing major at stake for either side on Sunday. The two dropped points officially ended Leeds' chances of automatic promotion, but realistically that dream ended over the Easter weekend, while Villa had already confirmed their playoff spot.

If Bielsa's side lose away to relegated Ipswich Town on Sunday and West Brom win at Derby County then there will likely be another two games between the Whites and Villa in the playoff semi-final this month.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gives Pontus Jansson instructions after his side scored a contentious goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at...

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