Marcelo Bielsa: From spying scandal to earning plaudits for sportsmanship

    Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa told his own players to concede after controversially taking the lead against Aston Villa.

    (CNN)Having been condemned by many for "spying" on opposition teams earlier this season, Leeds United's manager Marcelo Bielsa finds himself being praised for "sportsmanship" after remarkable scenes in a vital match for the second-tier English club at the weekend.

    In January, the 63-year-old Argentine had found himself in hot water after sending scouts to secretly watch opponents train ahead of games in Leeds' bid to win promotion to the Premier League, in an incident dubbed "spygate" by the British media.
    Fast forward to Sunday and, in something of a Damascene conversion, Bielsa was ordering his Leeds players to let opponents Aston Villa score an equalizing goal.

      Bizarre scenes

      The bizarre scenes followed a passage of play which led the Argentine to believe his side had taken the lead unfairly during the Championship match.
      After Aston Villa player Jonathan Kodjia injured himself in a tackle, most of the stadium expected the hosts to knock the ball out of play -- allowing the striker to receive treatment.
      Leeds had other ideas and Mateusz Klich played on against static defenders to give his side a controversial lead.
      A mass brawl erupted as soon as Klich's shot hit the back of the net, with Aston Villa players furious that their pleas had been ignored by their opponents.