Leeds United knew they’d been promoted before they handed out a 3-1 football lesson to Derby County at Pride Park this season. It was a game that saw Kiko Casilla say what could be a final ‘Hello’ before an ultimate goodbye. It was also a game where the Whites were bound to celebrate afterwards. They did just that.
However, in today’s era of austere celebrations, where even taking your shirt off gets you a yellow card, the footballing authorities were never going to take too kindly to Leeds United players brandishing smoking flares. That proved to be the case, as can be seen by the following tweets from the FA.
[2/2] It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion as pyrotechnic devices were used following the conclusion of the fixture.
The club has until 3 September 2020 to provide a response.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) August 20, 2020
The FA’s application of their rule E20 proves once and for all that English football’s rule-makers, and guardians of said rules, have a strict no pyro/no part rule that they are willing to enforce. The fact that Kiko Casilla and others can be seen cheering and brandishing a flare in case proven for the FA without the need for any further burden of proof.
Leeds have been charged by the FA over their Premier League promotion celebrations following their victory at Derby last season.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 20, 2020
They gave Leeds United until September 3rd to respond. Leeds responded straight away. They held their hand up, confessed they’d been naughty and accepted the FA charge without any whimpering or pleadings of being hard done by.
Guilty as charged ‘guv; guilty of partying too hard.