'Primary school explanation' - One thing about Leeds has got Slaven Bilic very worked up
Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich recently escaped retrospective action for an alleged stamp on Millwall striker Tom Bradshaw.
It came as a big break for the Yorkshire giants, while Brentford maestro Said Benrahma also steered clear of punishment for an elbow on Hull City defender Stephen Kingsley.
West Bromwich Albion star Matheus Pereira, though, had to sit out three matches for an elbow incident.
That’s something that has ruffled the feathers of Baggies boss Slaven Bilic, who has been fuming over the Leeds and Brentford players escaping punishment for incidents he feels were very similar to Pereira’s.
“I wanted to ask you about that, if you could explain it to me! Obviously I’m disappointed in the system, the way it works, it’s not the same for everybody, the same criteria,” he said, as per the Birmingham Mail.
“In this stage of the season, with the league this tight, everything is important. On one hand we had a player who had a three match ban, we didn’t moan – except me – but the club said okay, right.
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“Now you have a couple of at least similar situations, if not worse, if not more deliberate, that came like ‘okay, let’s move on’.
“The explanation that the club got was, in the greatest of respects, like a primary school explanation. It didn’t explain anything to us. That’s it.”
The Football Association are said to have sent an explanation to West Brom, saying that because the Leeds and Brentford incidents were dealt with in-game by the referees, no retrospective action could be taken.
That’s pretty standard, and is something we see across all divisions. However, that’s clearly not good enough for Bilic.
You can see why he’s frustrated in some respects. When you’re in this tight of a race for something as tantalising and financially rewarding as promotion to the Premier League, any perceived inconsistency is identified and latched onto straight away.
But Klich’s ‘stamp’ was barely a stamp. There was no malicious intent. He wasn’t trying to hurt Bradshaw, which is different to swinging an elbow at someone. Still, it’s good to see that Leeds are getting under the Baggies’ skin.
In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa has been reflecting on suggestions that the team will be better off playing away from Elland Road.