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Bielsa reveals why he chose sportsmanship over Leeds to win

Date of publication: Sunday, April 28, 2019 3:33

The boss of Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa, revealed that he has let Aston Villa score because English football requires "sporting spirit".

AN 1-1 draw at Elland Road Leeds rivals Sheffield United have secured the promotion but Bielsa will praise their actions after Mateusz Klich has put the whites ahead in highly controversial circumstances.

The home team played with Jonathan Kodjia of Villa, injured and Klich came on the pitch. But after furious protests at the Villa and a big mess, which included a red card for the defender of Villa Anwar El Ghazi, the visitors were able to equalize. Albert Adomah thank you.

Leeds captain Pontus Jansson almost intervened to stop Adomah from scoring, as he seemed to disagree with his coach's decision.

Bielsa was harshly criticized earlier in the season after admitting that his team routinely sent spies to opposition training camps in an attempt to gain an advantage but he has proven here that he has a strong sense of fair play.

The draw interrupted Villa's ten-win series, and both sides may still meet again in the play-off final next month.

And explaining why he made the decision after the match, Bielsa claims he felt he did what he thought best for the integrity of his team.

"We return, we just return the goal," he said.

"Facts are what everyone has seen, we express our interpretation of the facts by doing what we have done.

"English football is known for its sportsmanship, so I do not have to comment, it's common in England."

Leeds now face a play-off battle to be promoted to the Premier League, but Bielsa believes their team must have what it takes to win.

"I think today's performance against the best championship team at the moment puts us close to our possibilities," he added.

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