Leeds confirm Pontus Jansson to serve one-match ban

Leeds confirm Pontus Jansson to serve one-match ban

Leeds United will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend with a victory against Ipswich Town on Wednesday night.

However, they will have to do it without Pontus Jansson, as the club have confirmed he has been handed out a one-match ban on their official website.

The Swede was expected to miss the game anyways following the birth of his daughter, however, the suspension would not have been something they would have seen coming.

The ban comes following the comments he made about the referee after their game with Brentford prior to the international break in an emotional interview, claiming he had “robbed” them.

It had always been expected that he would be reprimanded for his comments in terms of a fine, but not by missing game time as well.

Leeds have admitted they accept the charge, but only on the grounds that they do not feel making an appeal will be worthwhile.

The Verdict:

A suspension to Jansson comes as a shock as it never appeared to be something on the cards likely to happen following the incident.

Players have said things before, arguably worse, and have been hit in the pocket, rather than having been forced to miss a match because of a comment they made in the heat of the moment, although this may be the Football Associations way of setting a precedent against future scenarios.

They will want to make sure their referees are as protected as can be and a comment such as suggesting “robbery” could be viewed as one they felt went too far.

However, the ban has probably come at the best time for the defender, as he was likely to miss the visit of Ipswich Town on Wednesday and will be able to stay in Sweden with his wife and baby girl.

Leeds fans – thoughts?

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