Wild Brawl In English Football After Terrible Act Of Bad Sportsmanship
You rarely see anything like this in football. In AFL, sometimes. In NRL, quite often. But not in English football.
But overnight, tensions bubbled over in the 1-1 draw between Leeds United and Aston Villa, after a goal which really should never have been scored.
Here's what you need to know:
Villa and Leeds are 3rd and 5th respectively in "The Championship", the second tier of English football. They are both tantalisingly close to earning promotion to the Premier League next season.
Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich opened the scoring for Leeds with his 72nd-minute goal. But the goal was extremely controversial because Aston Villa players had "stopped running" with one of their players down.
In football, it's customary to kick the ball out while an opposing player is down injured. The other team then throws the ball to you from the ensuing throw-in as a courtesy.
But this is not what happened.
While Aston Villa players wildly gesticulated for play to be stopped, Leeds played on. And scored. And then all hell broke loose.
Things got even weirder after that.
Significant argy-bargy ensued, and Villa's Ahmed El Ghazi was red-carded for allegedly elbowing Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, even though he appeared to do nothing of the sort and Bamford looked like he faked his dive.
When the melee eventually died down, a good thing happened. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa understood that an injustice had taken place and that his team should never have scored.
So he told his team to allow Villa to score an uncontested goal. And that's what happened. Ghanaian midfielder Albert Adomah scored, and the game finished up 1-1.
Both teams are still in line for promotion to the Premier League but will have to do it the hard way. The top two teams secure automatic promotion -- and Norwich City and Sheffield United have achieved that -- while the next four play off for the final spot. It'll sure be interesting if Leeds and Villa meet again.
Meanwhile, in the Premier League, Manchester City beat Burnley to retain their one-point lead over Liverpool in the two-horse title race, with two matches to go.
And in the A-League, Perth Glory has finished eight-points clear of Sydney FC in a dominant season. They receive the so-called "Premiers Plate" but can only be crowned "champions" if they reign supreme after a finals campaign.