Leeds, Bielsa win Fair Play honor at FIFA’s The Best awards

Ruben Hill
September 25, 2019

As the play slowed nearly to a halt, Klich carried on play, breaking into the Villa box and slotting the ball home, with no word from the officials that the Polish International had done anything wrong, only for a huge ruckus to ensue and result in Marcelo Bielsa taking the decision to allow Aston Villa to score, uncontested from the resulting kick-off... a feet rarely ever seen, especially at such a crucial point in the season. The only objective of playing the sport.

"The game finished 1-1, ultimately allowing their promotion rivals Sheffield United to guarantee their automatic spot in the Premier League, at Leeds' expense". Bielsa insisted Leeds, despite the attempts of former defender Pontus Jansson to stop them, allow Villa to score immediately from the kick-off.

Klich went on to score and put the hosts 1-0 up, sparking a huge fracas that saw Ahmed El Ghazi sent off for a clash with Patrick Bamford - who was later given a two-match ban for faking the contact. However, Mateusz Klich's goal was scored while a Villa player lay injured.

"What was at stake makes Bielsa's act all the more remarkable, with the Argentinean coach and his side receiving the 2019 FIFA Fair Play Award for his side's commendable act of sportsmanship".

Captain Liam Cooper and fitness coach Benoit Delaval collected the award on Bielsa's behalf at the ceremony in Milan.

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