Patrick Bamford: Leeds United striker charged by Football Association for simulation

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford (on floor) faces a two-match ban if found guilty of the charge

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been charged with "successful deception of a match official" by the Football Association during Sunday's Championship draw with Aston Villa.

Bamford went down holding his face after an altercation with Anwar El Ghazi following the home side's controversial opening goal.

El Ghazi was sent off but has now had the red card rescinded.

Bamford has until 18:00 BST on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

An FA statement said: "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."

If found guilty or he decides to accept the charge, the former England Under-21 striker will face a two-match suspension, which would see him miss the final game of the regular season at Ipswich on Sunday and the first leg of Leeds' play-off semi-final tie.

In addition, both clubs have been charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in the aftermath of Leeds' goal.

They have until 18:00 on Friday to respond to their respective charges.

'Sportsmanship prevailed'

Albert Adomah walks in Aston Villa's equaliser against Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa told his Leeds side to allow Albert Adomah to "walk in" Aston Villa's equaliser

The melee was sparked after Mateusz Klich scored for Leeds with Aston Villa players appealing for the ball to be played out after striker Jonathan Kodjia had gone down injured in the centre circle.

After clashes between the players and an exchange between the two benches, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa ordered his team to allow Aston Villa to walk in an equaliser from kick-off, which was scored by Villa winger Albert Adomah.

The point for Leeds meant that Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United were promoted to the Premier League and will feature alongside Villa in the play-offs.

Villa boss Dean Smith told BBC WM after the game: "Full respect to Marcelo for doing that. I think sportsmanship has prevailed in the end."

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