Aston Villa news: Whelan blasts hypocrisy after Leeds flashpoint

Noel Whelan has blasted Aston Villa for their “hypocrisy” against Sheffield United after the controversy against Leeds United last season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has torn into the Villans for “not being honest” when goalline technology failed to award the Blades a goal on Wednesday evening.

Oliver Norwood’s free-kick was fumbled by goalkeeper Orjan Nyland across the line but a technological error meant that referee Michael Oliver played on.

Having seen Villa demand Leeds let them score after a controversial Mateusz Klich goal last season, Whelan has blasted Dean Smith’s men for not showing the same honesty and integrity.

Whelan told Football Insider: “They got away with one, a massive one – whether they would have come back from that one, I’m not so sure but the football gods were shining down on them.

“That was just such a blatant goal, it’s quite frightening that VAR can’t intervene, the linesman was right in line with it, surely he must have seen it against the net inside the goal – I’m very, very puzzled as to the way it was handled quite frankly.

“There was a discussion with Danny Mills and Gabby Agbonlahor on Sky – very, very similar, if not the same scenario of fair play that Leeds United gave them last season.

“Very, very hypocritical, I don’t agree with Gabby Agbonlahor, I think what he was saying did not make any sense whatsoever.

“It’s exactly the same, there’s no difference – it’s still cheating, it’s still not being honest, at least Leeds can hold their head up high and say we were honest.” 

Wednesday’s game finished 0-0, with 19th-placed Villa now one point off safety.

Last season’s incident saw the Leeds players – minus Pontus Jansson – allow Villa to walk the ball into the goal after the Whites scored a controversial goal of their own.


By: Football Insider speaking to Noel Whelan
Title: Aston Villa news: Whelan blasts hypocrisy after Leeds flashpoint
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Published Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:17:25 +0000