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Patrick Bamford gave an articulate, spot-on interview when asked about the European Super League after Leeds United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match - which saw the Leeds players warm up in T-shirts with 'Champions League: Earn it' written on the front - Bamford claimed there wasn't one football fan who was happy about the shocking news around the breakaway league.
The Leeds striker also questioned where the same uproar was for tackling racism within the sport.
:speaking_head: "It's amazing the amount of opera that comes in to the game when somebody's pockets are getting hurt, it's a shame it's not like that with racism."
Patrick Bamford speaks openly about his thoughts on the prospect of a 'European Super League' pic.twitter.com/DolVMBBg7p
- Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2021
"From what I've seen on Twitter, I haven't seen one football fan who's happy about it," said the 27-year-old.
"Football's for the fans. Without the fans, football clubs would be nothing. It's important we stand our ground."
"It is amazing the uproar and it is a shame it isn't like this with other things, like racism.
:dart: Patrick Bamford: "It's amazing the amount of uproar when somebody's pocket is being hurt. It's a shame that this doesn't happen with issues like racism."
- Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) April 19, 2021
"It's something we talk about but it's not a big distraction - once you get on the pitch, you're not thinking about it.
"We're like fans really; we're in shock. Without fans, football is nothing, so it's important we stand our ground and show that football is for the fans and try to keep it that way."
Patrick Bamford has just given one of the best interviews I've ever seen from a footballer. I'm not even remotely joking.- Jay Motty (@JayMotty) April 19, 2021
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'It's a shame it's not like that with racism'...pic.twitter.com/YDJG9vvR4W
- Rambo (@RamboFYI) April 19, 2021
"I haven't seen one football fan who is happy about the decision and football is ultimately for the fans."
Patrick Bamford gives his thoughts on the proposed breakaway European Super League after #LUFC's draw with #LFC. pic.twitter.com/qBTirdetBg
- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 19, 2021
Absolutely spot on! Totally against the ESL but Bamford has made a brilliant point here! Bans, fines, legal action being threatened immediately when the financials of the wealthy are at stake... but when it comes to racial abuse...? #ESL #SuperLeague #FootballAgainstSuperLeague https://t.co/WIm2ZJk6rM
- Grant Jones (@Gruff_Tweets) April 19, 2021
Before Monday night's draw between Leeds and Liverpool, fans of both clubs joined forces to protest the Super League - which was shockingly announced on Sunday with 12 founding members, including six from the Premier League.
The 12 founding teams involved in the Super League include six from the Premier League. Liverpool are joined by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
The English clubs are joined by a trio from Serie A in AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus; as well as three from La Liga: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There has been a widespread backlash against the decision with UEFA threatening to sanction the teams involved, while football fans have largely turned on the clubs involved.
Featured image credit: Sky Sports
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