Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has spoken out in more detail about his club’s controversial Championship game against Aston Villa last month.
The match saw tempers flare after Mateusz Klich scored a goal while Villa’s Jonathan Kodija was on the floor injured.
Leeds had appeared set to put the ball out of play to allow the game to be stopped only to continue and take the lead.
A scuffle broke out afterwards and when the game was restarted, Villa were allowed to walk the ball into the net – but only after Jansson attempted to prevent it from happening.
The Sweden international revealed that in the moments that followed Klich’s goal, he had actually apologised to the opposing bench.
“It was a funny situation because when we scored there was a big argument and I wasn’t there because I’d walked over the bench to (John) Terry and Dean Smith to say sorry,” he told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“The first thing they said to me was ‘now you have to let us score’.
“I said ‘I can’t. That’s not me, I’m sorry but I can’t.’”
And true to his word, Jansson attempted to tackle Albert Adomah although his efforts proved in vain and Villa equalised.
The game would eventually finish 1-1 and only later did the defender realise he had not chosen the right course of action.
“One minute later I had to do it but when it happened in my head I was like ‘I can’t let them score.’
“There was so much going on in those five or six minutes.
“Afterwards, of course I should have let them score.”
Leeds could yet meet Villa again this season if both sides win their Championship play-off semi-finals.
The Whites take on Derby County with the first leg played at Pride Park tomorrow (May 11).