Patrick Bamford claims it is “a shame” football could not react as strongly to racism as it has with the universal condemnation of the European Super League.
The Leeds striker is struck by furious response from all quarters to the proposed breakaway by 12 clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United.
Bamford feels their anger is partly fuelled by the fear they will lose money if the ESL goes ahead and wishes football could be as strident when it comes to battling racism.
“We’re just seeing what everyone else is seeing on twitter and stuff,” said Bamford when asked about the response from the Leeds players.
“It’s amazing the things they are talking about, I can’t quite comprehend. It’s amazing the amount of uproar that comes into the game when somebody’s pockets are being hurt.
“It’s a shame it’s not like that with other things that go wrong at the minute, racism and stuff like that. That’s just how it is at the minute.”
Leeds made clear their opposition to the ESL at Monday night’s match against Liverpool at Elland Road.
Bamford and his team-mates warmed up in T-shirts bearing the Champions League logo and the words ‘earn it’ on the front and ‘football is for the fans’ on the back.
They also put up a banner in the stands and Bamford says it is important the club makes a stand.
“For me personally from what I’ve seen on twitter and in the news, I haven’t seen one football fan who is happy about the decision,” he said.
“I think football ultimately is for the fans and without fans every single club would pretty much be nothing.
“So I think it’s important we stand our ground and show football is for the fans and keep it that way.”
Leeds’ social media team poked fun at Liverpool at the final whistle, tweeting they had held the ESL side the Merseyside Reds to a 1-1 draw.
Bamford claimed the players forgot about the controversy during the game, saying: “It’s something we talk about, but once you’re on the pitch you’re not talking about what’s going on outside the ground.
“We’re like fans really, like everyone else, can’t believe it, talking about and just in shock.”