| #LUFC accept the one-match ban issued to Pontus Jansson following our game with Brentford, purely due to the fact that the club sees no value in making an appeal— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 23, 2018
Leeds United put out a statement on their official website, stating:
Leeds United accept the one match ban issued to Pontus Jansson following our game with Brentford earlier this month, purely due to the fact that the club sees no value in making an appeal.
All parties agree that the language used by Pontus in his flash interview after the game was inappropriate, however we also feel that a warning or a fine would have been a fairer outcome, especially given the following mitigating circumstances which we outlined to the FA in a letter following the charge:
1. Pontus is a passionate and committed professional. After playing 95 minutes of a full blooded game, which pundits described as “showcasing the best of the Championship”, Pontus was asked to “sum up his feelings”. Whilst his response was inappropriate and ill judged, it was a heartfelt and honest answer given in the heat of competition. There was no element of pre-meditation.
2. Pontus immediately regretted his response and issued a swift and public apology. He fully understands his responsibilities and the standards the FA and Leeds United hold him to, and accepts that on this occasion he briefly fell below those standards. Accordingly he immediately accepted the charge.
If the FA doesn’t want players to state their opinions after matches, then they shouldn’t allow Sky TV to interview players as they’re coming off the pitch. Issuing fines for the interviews is bad enough, but issuing bans because of comments is mind-boggling.
What a message to send to players in English football. Head butting and diving is ok. Calling an official hat when he was indeed shit is a fine and a ban. The mind boggles.— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) October 23, 2018
Remember, this is the same match that Brentford forward Ollie Watkins made an obvious dive to win a penalty and Sergi Canos headbutted Gjanni Alioski in front of the Brentford bench. Both incidents were caught on camera, and no action was taken on either offence.
It’s starting to become an unfunny joke. Does the “Dirty Leeds” reputation still apply here? Or is it that the FA hates Leeds? It seems like a conspiracy theory on face value, but incidents like these make it harder and harder to see it that way.
I will go through fire for you and your mum. Welcome to the world!— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) October 22, 2018
I will love you forever! Bella ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qYXH7fbyXp
Anyway, let Jansson spend some time with his new daughter and if he’s going to serve a ban, it might as well be against bottom of the table Ipswich Town. Leeds won some of the first games of the season with Jansson resting up from the World Cup and he’ll step in against Nottingham Forest.