Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has sided with Gary Lineker after expressing his anger at being told footballers should “stop talking politics”.
The Whites star is using his position in the game to try and highlight the growing problem with climate change. Indeed, his bolt symbol, used when he scores a goal, is Bamford’s way of highlighting the work being done to combat the issue. Bamford has previously explained why he celebrates his goals in this way right here.
Indeed, the striker is very much keen to make a difference. And citing the example set by Gary Lineker – who often discusses politics – and Marcus Rashford – who is trying to combat child poverty – he is keen for his voice to be heard.
Too often, however, those who do try and make a difference are told to ‘stick to football’ by some fans.
And that is a major frustration for Bamford in his campaign to be raise awareness.
Bamford told FootballJOE: “It annoys me. I saw it on Twitter yesterday, someone had a go at Gary Lineker for talking about politics, saying he should talk about football only because ‘that’s what you’re good at’ and ‘you shouldn’t have an opinion on this’.
“That’s nonsense because, if everyone just spoke about the industry they were in, one, life would be boring, and two, we’d just never get anywhere, so I totally disagree with that.”
Bamford has also been vocal in the past with strongly-worded comments about racism. In highlighting the way the proposed European Super League was shut down, Bamford argued why the same could not be done with racism in football.
That drew widespread praise from Marcelo Bielsa, who commended Bamford for his words.
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“Everything that goes towards combatting racism should be applauded,” the Leeds boss said.
“Being a component of our team and being a representative of his [Bamford’s] teammates points to this. It indicates that football is evolving in the sensibility of these things.”
Bamford pushing for Leeds return
Bamford’s absence with an ankle injury represents a hugely-frustrating period for both club and player.
Leeds don’t really have anyone capable of doing his role in the side when he’s not there. As such, his absence has been keenly felt.
And having missed a total of eight games, Bamford will be working hard during the international break on his recovery.
Their next game is against Tottenham on November 21 and Bamford will be working hard on his recovery in an effort to feature.
And speaking to Emma Jones on BBC3’s MOTDX, Bamford provided an update.
“It’s okay, it’s been a little bit slow (the recovery).
“It is (getting better) day by day, it’s just taking a little bit longer than I first thought.
The thing that’s got under my skin a little bit is that I thought I’d be back in four weeks. The fact it’s taken longer than that has been difficult to get my head around.
“But I’m seeing improvements.”