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The FA and EFL are hardly in our good books right now. So it seems unlikely that many Leeds fans backed the decision to not take retrospective action against Tyrone Mings over his clash with Nelson Oliveira at the weekend.

Reading have confirmed that Mings will face no punishment as the officials saw the incident that left Oliveira needing hospital treatment.

It is not clear what the FA would have decided had the incident gone unnoticed by the officials initially. But there are plenty of fans who wanted the book thrown at the Aston Villa loanee.

Several Whites fans have been left bemused by the lack of action being taken against the centre-back amid Spygate.

Liam Cooper was banned for six games in 2017 after the FA charged him with violent conduct after a similar incident involving Reece Oxford (via Sky Sports).

The sense of injustice is all too familiar, but actually, Mings avoiding suspension could have an upside for Leeds.

Could Villa help Leeds?

He is, by some distance, one of Villa’s best defenders. And given their upcoming run, Dean Smith will be delighted that he is available.

A six-game ban would have ruled Mings out of games against the likes of Sheffield United, West Brom and Derby County. All three sit inside the top seven in the Championship.

Villa should be too far back to catch us now, but can have a major say on the promotion race. So Smith’s men could do us a big favour by going on a strong run over the coming weeks.

And having Mings in the ranks will boost their chances of doing that.

It will seem to many like a baffling call not to charge Mings. But on this occasion, perhaps the FA have made a decision that benefits Leeds slightly.

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