Sam Allardyce weighs into Bielsa debate, delivers honest opinion on Leeds vs Villa debacle

Sam Allardyce manager of England takes part in training during a Soccer Aid for UNICEF media session at Fulham FC training ground on June 7, 2018 in New Malden, England.

Leeds United drew 1-1 with Aston Villa at Elland Road on Sunday.

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.

Sam Allardyce was a guest on talkSPORT this morning (Wednesday, May 1st), and insisted that Leeds did nothing wrong by scoring whilst an Aston Villa player was down injured on Sunday.

Whites ace Mateusz Klich scored whilst Jonathan Kodjia was lying on the ground injured. The Aston Villa players stopped as the Polish midfielder ran towards their penalty area, and converted with a low drive into the bottom corner.


Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was not happy with what his team did, however, and immediately instructed them to allow Villa to score straight from the kick-off.

Allardyce explained why he would not have done the same thing, however, had he been in the Argentine's position, when speaking during a guest appearance on talkSPORT this morning (Wednesday, May 1st):

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

“I wouldn’t have no, because it’s the referee’s responsibility to stop the game and the referee’s responsibility to assess the injury to the player and to decide whether to stop the game. Just because they scored doesn’t mean that Leeds did anything wrong. Would he [Bielsa] have done it if he needed the points for promotion?”

The gesture from Bielsa will likely count for little in the end, as long as Leeds get at least a point away at Ipswich in the final round of Championship fixtures.

Despite what Allardyce says, however, Bielsa acted in a wonderfully sporting manner, and karma will now surely be on their side heading into the play-offs.

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

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