Marcelo Bielsa orders team to allow Aston Villa score after Leeds scored illegally

Marcelo Bielsa orders team to allow Aston Villa score after Leeds scored illegally

- Marcelo Bielsa made the match between Leeds United and Aston Villa end in a draw

- Leeds scored a goal while a Villa player was down injured in the 72nd minute

- Villa were allowed to walk the ball into the net from their kick off as it ended 1-1

Marcelo Bielsa told his team Leeds United to allow Aston Villa walk the ball into the net as his side scored a controversial opener in a Championship game that ended in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

Leeds who were on course for a playoff spot scored through Mateusz Klich while Villa's Jonathan Kodjia was down injured.

Play had been stopped by Villa players while asking their opponents to put the ball out of play, but the calls fell on deaf ears as Klich got the goal which was given.

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Then a confrontation ensued with Aston Villa's Anwar El Ghazi sent off for apparently hitting out at Patrick Bamford but replay showed there was no contact.

And as the players lined up for the restart, Leeds manager Bielsa instructed his players to let Villa equalize and Albert Adomah obliged as he rolled the ball in at the other end.

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Leeds star Pontus Jansson tried in vain to stop him and was scolded by his team-mates, with the game eventually ending in a draw.

The 1-1 scoreline confirms Leeds' spot in the play-offs where they are likely to face Aston Villa again as Sheffield United's promotion into the Premier League was confirmed.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that John Mikel Obi's spell with Middlesbrough could earn them promotion back into the Premier League following their 1-0 win over Stoke City.

The Nigerian international captained Boro for the third consecutive game and earned their third win in the Championships on the bounce.

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