It is an incident that will long be remembered by both groups of supporters and will continue to divide the two famous former clubs.
With the two teams nearing completion in the top six, the Yorkshire game had the potential to be a forgettable dead rubber, but Leeds’ opener will make sure it is otherwise.
Mateusz Klich scored a goal in the second period, but only after Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia was injured. With Dean Smith’s players expecting Leeds to turn the ball off, they carried out a fast counter attack to open the score.
The goal sparked violent clashes, both on the touchline and on the field, with Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi kicked out for violent behavior. A decision that would be reversed, Patrick Bamford being prohibited from deception instead.
In the aftermath, the boss of Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa, ordered his team to allow Villa to score an equalizer without opposition, Albert Adomah applying the final touch.
The match would end 1-1, Villa eventually winning a promotion a month later, with Bielsa’s men falling in the semi-finals.
With the anniversary of the game, Sky Sports released the highlights of the whole incident and it is fair to say that it is still among Leeds fans:
@ rbrown172: It was the referees ’job to stop the game, not Leeds.
@Crxber: Leeds did nothing wrong
@ golder180: Leeds made no mistake, if there was a professional reaction from Aston Villa realizing that they had made a mistake of not playing the whistle, then bielsa would not have felt the need for you give a goal even won FIFA fair play because we didn’t make it have a goal to offer
@brett_ernst: Maybe the teams should keep playing the whistle, so no problem, so many players simulate injuries to kill the opposition of time which stops the player’s treatment and continues the lost time. Play until the next stop.
@ AlexanderToon94: Villa fans are still crying too, happy!
@ Slove1986: Leeds played it like a violin. Nothing wrong and Villa is now in the EPL.
@ Jon_Chalk1: Literally nothing hurt, the referee continued to play.
@ MattyHill83: To be fair, even if Kodja had not come down, we would still have scored from that, great move!
@ MarkHyland3: Still think they shouldn’t have scored … if they had put it he would have hit it for a throw in lieu of the forward pass … Villa’s players have broken rule 101 … play until you hear a whistle
@ TomLufc93: Fantastic goal. Unprofessional by Villa – expect nothing less. Shameful reaction. Always puzzles me how Hourihane got away with this