Leeds United's Patrick Bamford shocked by European Super League plans and questions why racism does not cause same uproar
Patrick Bamford revealed he was shocked after hearing about proposals of a European Super League — and said he would like to see the same fightback against racism and other issues within the game.
The creation of the new closed shop league would see the Premier League's 'big six' become founding members of a new European competition.
There has been heavy backlash against the plans and, on Monday night, Bamford and his Leeds United team-mates showed their discontent by wearing t-shirts with 'Champions League: Earn it' written on the front.
Bamford, 27, from Norwell, told Sky Sports: “We’ve just seen what pretty much everyone else has seen on Twitter.
“It’s amazing the amount of uproar that comes in to the game when somebody’s pockets are being hurt.
“It’s a shame it’s not like that when all the things that go wrong with things at the minute — racism and stuff like that."
He said he heard about the announcement when the news broke on Sunday.
“It’s something we talked about but once you’re on the pitch you’re not thinking about stuff that goes on outside the ground," he said.
“We’re like fans really, we can’t believe it and we’re talking about it.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen and we’re in shock.
“I think that for me personally from what I’ve seen on Twitter and the news, I haven’t see one football fan who is happy about the decision.
“I think football ultimately is for the fans. Without the fans every single club would be pretty much nothing.
“It’s important we stand our ground and show that football is for the fans and try and keep it that way.”