Lucky boy: Aston Villa fans react as Hourihane escapes FA punishment

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.

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.