The formation of the Super League in European soccer has lit a fire under sports fans and players alike. The creation of the new league, which would break 12 of soccer’s biggest European clubs away from the European Club Association into one tournament — effectively replacing the UEFA Champions League — has been a hot button issue since the news dropped over the weekend.
Players too have been vocal about the new league, and Leeds United’s own Patrick Bamford is the latest to speak out on Monday. Bamford, however, didn’t hold back in his comments, pointing out the double standard of the higher ups in the soccer world on an issue like this compared to racism.
"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
Racism is a major problem in the European soccer world, an issue that has yet to be majorly addressed in any way shape or form. Just last December, a Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended after players from both teams walked off the field, alleging that an official had used a racial slur against an assistant coach.
Bamford, in his comments about the Super League, said the quiet part out loud about European soccer. And good for him too, as he’s not wrong at all in the slightest here.