Elland Road played host to one of the most bizarre incidents to ever occur on a football pitch last weekend. With Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia down injured, Leeds refused to kick the ball out and then went on to score.
The moments that followed were extremely unsavoury, with numerous players involved in heated exchanges. It then led to Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa allowing Villa a free run on their goal.
But in amongst that, one camera picked up footage of Conor Hourihane appearing to punch Mateusz Klich in the chest.
However, following a review by an FA panel, it was confirmed that the Villa midfielder would remarkably escape punishment.
— matt maher (@mjmarr_star) April 30, 2019
Despite it being their own player, it left certain sections of the Villa Park faithful completely baffled with one individual responding on Twitter saying they were surprised.
Another supporter said that Hourihane was a lucky man. A further fan also made reference to Patrick Bamford who was charged for deceiving the officials after falling to the ground following an altercation with Anwar El Ghazi.
The game went onto finish 1-1 as Villa’s unbeaten run stretched to 12 matches.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
I must say, I am surprised. Ah well eh, good news!!
— DLA (@DLApple86) April 30, 2019
As a Villa fan I was expecting both teams charged with failure to control players. Hourihane ban, Bamford ban, El Ghazi rescinded. Conor is a very lucky man
— Phil Bevan (@PhilBevan2) April 30, 2019
Pictures taken of the 3 man panel reviewing Hourihane’s punch. pic.twitter.com/NTwtFrDJFP
— Chris Price (@80cjpricey) April 30, 2019
I’m surprised about the verdict myself but I guess the panel had a much better view at the incident
— AVFC Polska (@avfc_polska) April 30, 2019
Lucky boy tho.Cant blame him for sticking up for fellow team mates
— Mark(The Villan)Shaw (@VillanShaw) April 30, 2019
— Jam (@Jam240313) April 30, 2019
— Sam Mason (@nosammas) April 30, 2019