Villa’s El Ghazi has red card rescinded, Leeds’ Bamford charged


Aston Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi’s red card in Sunday’s 1-1 Championship draw with Leeds United has been overturned while Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has been charged with deceiving the referee, the English Football Association (FA) said.

El Ghazi was shown a red card following an altercation with Bamford in the second half after Mateusz Klich had opened the scoring with a Villa player down injured on the pitch.

“Anwar El Ghazi will be available for Aston Villa’s next three matches after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld by an Independent Regulatory Commission,” the FA said in a statement.

“Patrick Bamford has subsequently been charged with ‘successful deception of a match official’.

“It is alleged the Leeds United player’s behaviour in the 72nd minute of the fixture, which involved committing a clear act of simulation that led to Anwar El Ghazi being dismissed, amounts to improper conduct.”

Bamford faces a two-match ban which would rule him out of Leeds’ final game of the regular season against Ipswich Town and the first leg of their play-off semi-final.

He has until Wednesday to respond to the charge.

Both clubs were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in the second-half melee after Leeds scored. They have until Friday to respond.

REUTERS/Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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