Ryan Mason has had his say on the controversy at Elland Road on Sunday after the altercation between Leeds and Aston Villa players, as per talkSPORT.
“Leeds telling their players to give Villa a goal, I don’t agree with it one bit.” ❌
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 28, 2019
The former Spurs defender believes that Bielsa ordered his team to concede a goal purposefully to save face, but that view is a tough one to agree with.
The former England international attributes the showing of sportsmanship from the Leeds boss on Sunday down to Spygate.
Bielsa was a targeted figure in the British press in lieu of the scandal and Mason believes that he allowed Villa to score on Sunday in order to restore his good reputation.
The former Hull man said: “Leeds telling their players to give Villa a goal, I don’t agree with it one bit.
“Bielsa’s done it because of Spygate, to say that Leeds are a good club.”
Mason’s view on the incident is far too simplistic, and he may be linking two things together that are irrelevant.
Despite Bielsa taking part in Spygate earlier this year, he does seem like a man of principle. The sporting thing to do would be to allow Villa an equaliser.
The Argentine is also a student of the game so he would be well aware of the possible repercussions of being unsporting.
Leeds were fined £200,000 after Spygate and would likely want to avoid any further sanctions.
A similar situation arose in a Champions League game back in 2012 where Luiz Adriano scored a goal in similar circumstances to Mateusz Klich, and then attempted to tackle the opposition when his teammates allowed him to run through on goal.
Adriano was banned for one game and with Bielsa’s advanced knowledge of football, he would likely be aware of the sanctions that were imposed for a similar situation seven years ago.