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Leeds: Micah Richards hails Patrick Bamford’s anti-racism comments

Leeds: Micah Richards hails Patrick Bamford’s anti-racism comments - Leeds United

Micah Richards has described Patrick Bamford as ‘incredible’ following the Leeds United striker’s comments on racism earlier this week.

The Whites are preparing for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United in the Premier League as they look for another impressive result in an excellent season. Marcelo Bielsa’s men drew 1-1 at home to reigning champions Liverpool on Monday night, following on from their amazing 2-1 victory at Manchester City.

After Monday’s game, Bamford spoke honestly about racism in the game, showing his human side, away from all the goals this season.

Richards heaps praise on Bamford

Writing for the Daily Mail, former England international Richards lauded the Leeds star for his comments, saying it is vital that white footballers speak out about the issue. He wrote:

“The first place to start at the end of a week like no other is with a thank you to Patrick Bamford. His words on Monday night were incredible – if you aren’t aware of what he said, let me fill you in.

“It’s amazing the things they are talking about. I can’t quite comprehend it,’ he said. ‘It’s amazing the amount of opera that comes into the game when somebody’s pockets are being hurt. It’s a shame it’s not like that when other things are going wrong at the minute, like racism. It’s just how it is.’

“Bamford rightly received a lot of love for his sentiments. A simple view like that from a white person carries so much more weight than if I, for instance, had said it. He didn’t rant, he just said what he wanted and it was all done so effortlessly.”

Transfer Tavern take

Racism remains a negative aspect of football that still isn’t going away, despite strides being made over the years.

Having figures such as Bamford speaking so eloquently on the problem can only be a good thing, though, spreading awareness and highlighting the importance of eradicating the issue.

It says a lot about the 27-year-old as a character that he is capable of being so heartfelt and genuine about such an important topic, only making him even more likeable as a person.

In other news, an unlikely source has dropped a big claim ahead of Leeds’ clash with Manchester United. Read more here.

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