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Aston Villa Will Appeal After Absurd Bamford Reaction Gets El-Ghazi Sent-Off

Aston Villa Will Appeal After Absurd Bamford Reaction Gets El-Ghazi Sent-Off

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says that his side will appeal the sending off of Anwar El-Ghazi during a fiery game against Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

The Dutch forward was sent-off following a mass row involving players from both sides after a controversial Mateusz Klich goal had put Leeds ahead.

El-Ghazi had appeared to strike Leeds striker Patrick Bamford's face. Replays would later show that he did not.

"Without a shadow, I've seen it back," Smith told Sky Sports while a smile, undoubtedly picturing Bamford's absurd reaction.

"I think you've all seen it back and everyone else has. I'll be absolutely amazed if that's not rescinded. He doesn't do anything.

"We needed emotional control from everybody at that stage. It's one of those things where everybody is so annoyed with what's gone on."

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Klich scored after Aston Villa players thought Tyler Roberts was about to put the ball out of play with Jonathan Kodjia injured. Instead, Roberts played on with Klich firing the ball to the net moments later.

Under instruction from manager Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds subsequently allowed Villa to score.

"Klich has just apologised to me after the game," said Smith. "He said, 'I should have done that, it's wrong.'

First of all, the referee misses a foul on Jonathan Kodja in the centre circle. What happens then, Tyler Roberts should probably put the ball out. Everybody stops, he doesn't. We'd just done it for their lad when we were attacking in the corner.

Smith gave credit to Bielsa for allowing Villa to score.

"I asked him [what he intended to do]. I asked him and he went, 'I agree. Yes.' I think they all agreed. He apologised for what happened and I said, 'Well, you should allow us walk a goal in then.' I think they had a talk about it and said 'OK'."

Watch: Wild Scenes As Leeds Intentionally Allow Aston Villa To Score After Controversial Goal

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