Bristol City receive boost as leeds united key player has a match ban against them

A Leeds United player may face retrospective action as a result of his actions before to this weekend’s visit of Bristol City. Leeds United could be without a key player ahead of this weekend’s match against Bristol City. The Robins travel to Elland Road this weekend looking to build on their thrilling late win against Rotherham United on Wednesday night, where they will face a tough Leeds side. Daniel Farke’s men won again on Wednesday night, defeating Queens Park Rangers at home after losing away to Southampton.

Leeds returned to the top six as a result of that move, but it may not have come cheaply. Patrick Bamford went down after rounding goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, giving the Whites a late lift in their win over QPR. Although there was no contact from Begovic, Bamford got back on his feet and asked the referee for a free kick, and Begovic was sent out.

Given that the incident occurred in the 93rd minute, the game was all but finished at that point, but it still has plenty of significance. The FA is expected to reverse the red card, but Bamford may face disciplinary action.

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The FA rulebook, under scope five of the dicsiplinary section, states players can receive “A charge of Misconduct contrary to Rule E3.1 (improper conduct)” in the case of “Incidents of Misconduct relating to the successful deception of a Match Official by way of a clear act of simulation which leads either to a penalty being awarded or the dismissal of an opposing Player.“

Such incidents are fast-tracked as far as reviews go, and this one clearly falls under those guidelines, given Begovic was sent off. The standard ban is two games.

Speaking after the game, QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth said: “I’ve had verification from both players there was no contact. Patrick is a great lad, he’s jumped out of the way and the referee thought he caught him. Hopefully we may be able to get one overturned, we’ll have to speak to the powers that be at QPR to see if we can appeal that. I’m gutted for Asmir, he’s been great for me this season.”

Meanwhile, on Sky Sports News, Tim Sherwood stated, “I don’t think there is any [contact].” When I watch the replay, I think Patrick is embarrassed. He has fallen. The manner Patrick falls at first appears to indicate that Asmir has caught him.

“Jimmy Dunne gets done in the back.” Toes the line. When viewed from a different perspective. You can see the chasm. He doesn’t touch him, and he falls. The card is red. Surely, they’ll file an appeal and get off the hook.”



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