Bristol City write to every Championship club to explain controversial decision

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Bristol City have sent an email to clubs in the Championship to tell them they will not kick the ball out of play this season unless an opposition player has suffered a serious head injury.

The club felt this necessary following an incident which occurred during their 3-1 loss to Leeds on Sunday in which there was a confrontation on the touchline after the Robins didn’t put the ball out when Leeds player Mateusz Klich went down.

Leeds also caused a hugely controversial moment last season when they scored against Aston Villa after failing to put the ball out while Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia was injured, something which eventually led Leeds to allow Villa to score an equalizer unchallenged.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson

Bristol City clearly feel they would rather make their position on the matter clear early on in the season, and head coach Lee Johnson revealed the news about the emails in his press conference after the defeat to Leeds.

“It’s fine. We sent an email out to the clubs because this happens often,” said Johnson.

“Somebody goes down and sometimes it’s tactical, because people try and gain an advantage and sometimes it’s genuine.

“So we just decided as a club that we’re going to make a rule for the 46 games that we’re going to let the referee manage the game.

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“If the referee sees a head injury he will stop the game but if it’s not a head injury he will play on.”

There was controversy in the match between Leeds and Aston Villa last season

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By the letter of the law there is no obligation for players to kick the ball out of play if an opposition player goes down unless it is for a head injury.

There are sometimes cases, however, when players decide it is the correct thing to do in the spirit of sportsmanship, with one of the most famous examples being ex-West Ham player Paolo Di Canio deciding to catch the ball rather than score into an empty net while Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was lying injured in the box.





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