Pontus Jansson has dropped a big interview in Sweden that lifts the lid on the final stages of his Leeds United career.
One of the most fascinating bits is the fallout after the infamous Aston Villa game when Marcelo Bielsa ordered his players to let them score unopposed after a controversial goal.
Mateusz Klich put the ball in the net with a Villa player on the floor and other players seemingly stopped.
That led to a fracas that eventually saw Bielsa come up with the decision that won Leeds the FIFA Fair Play Award at the end of 2019.
However, Jansson didn’t agree with the decision and mounted a single-man defence against Villa that – probably luckily – wasn’t successful.
He would only play one more game for Leeds but he is adamant that the Villa rebellion wasn’t really behind his exit.
Talking on the Swedish podcast Lundh, Jansson said, “That was probably the smallest problem that we had.
“We talked the next day, he often talks to the whole group if something happens.
“He said that he 100% understood why I did what I did, but that I should keep in mind that I should always listen to my manager.
“It was not much more than that. It was pretty chill, to be honest. But we had other disputes.”
Jansson one-man gang
Jansson was a popular player at Leeds but he clashed with Bielsa and while Leeds fans were pretty stunned when he moved to Brentford, the overriding feeling is that it was right for the club.
Jansson was a player who spoke his mind and eventually fell foul of Bielsa after asking for a late return to the club in the summer for the second season.
He was shipped off to Brentford without much warning and Leeds set their sights on the Premier League without him.
Jansson’s actions in the Villa game were pretty shocking at the time but there were more than a few Leeds fans who fully supported what he did and were aghast that Villa were allowed to score unopposed.
However, if he had successfully tackled Albert Adomah then all hell would have broken loose and we’re sure that Bielsa would have been furious.
Jansson says that the fallout from this incident was pretty chill but we imagine it added to Bielsa’s final decision to get rid of him.
We doubt there’s any way back for him while Bielsa is still here.
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