Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa orders team to concede a goal in an uncommon fair play sportsmanship act

Marcelo Bielsa, former Special One Football Club Athletic Club manager and current Leeds United boss has been praised for an uncommon fair play decision in the Championship match between Leeds and Aston Villa, descended into chaos when the hosts scored a controversial goal while Jonathan Kodija was down.

Bielsa ordered his Leeds players to let Aston Villa score afterwards to even the match. The drama all kicked off in the 72nd minute as Tyler Roberts was about to put the ball out of play with Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia down injured, but instead he passed forward to set up a goal for Mateusz Klich.

Despite Leeds United had missed out on automatic promotion to the English Premier League Marcelo Bielsa insisted fair play was more important than a victory for his team.

“We gave away nothing as we gave back to let them score. We understand our facts depend on the decision we have made.”