Patrick Bamford hits back at Aston Villa fans over an embarrassing viral video which was seen by millions of viewers in April 2019.
The 27 year old Leeds United striker says he still get trolled over his “stupid dive” against the West Midlands outfit which saw him punished.
Bamford had to serve a retrospective two-match ban following the incident in the highly controversial 1-1 draw at Elland Road in the 2018/19 season.
He dramatically went down holding his face during a melee between the two set of players in the Championship fixture, not realizing how obvious and pathetic he looked .
“I maintain he touched me but I milked it and made a stupid deal of it. I wouldn’t do it again and it’s something I have…
Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi was also sent off as a result, leaving fans fuming at the time of the incident before the player had his red card overturned on appeal.
The brawl had broken out after Mateusz Klich scored for the Whites while Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia was down injured.
The visitors decided to stop playing, expecting the home side to kick the ball out of play so that Kodjia could receive treatment.
Klich’s goal was allowed to stand but Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa ordered his team to let Villa equalise straight from the restart.
OTD in 2019…
Leeds and Aston Villa played out a crazy few minutes as tempers well and truly spilled over 😲pic.twitter.com/SdHVIXsXaw
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 28, 2020
Bielsa won a FIFA Fair Play award because of this – yet the match still seems to have sparked something of a rivalry between the clubs.
Last time these two sides met, Bamford scored a hat-trick as Leeds won 3-0 at Villa Park in October and the two teams meet for the return fixture at Elland Road on Saturday (5.30pm kick off).
Asked about the recent history between the teams, Bamford told the Official Leeds United Podcast: “I don’t know, it seems like over at least the last couple of seasons, we’ve almost become rivals with Villa, and I don’t know why.
“I think maybe the fact that there was that whole thing where I did that stupid dive and we had to give them a goal, and that kind of kicked it off, or what?
“That was one game – surely you let go of that? That happened ages ago.
“I still get sent flipping GIFS or memes of me falling on the floor from that game.
“I’m like: ‘Come on, let it go. I’ve said sorry’.”
In 2019, Patrick Bamford said on his dive against Aston Villa: “Looking back, I regret it. I maintain he touched me but I milked it and made a stupid deal of it.”
“I wouldn’t do it again and it’s something I have to learn from.”
Going into Saturday’s meeting between the two sides, Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich is a fitness doubt after appearing to hurt his back during the midweek victory over Southampton.
Injured trio Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo and Robin Koch will again miss out.
Jack Grealish remains unavailable for Aston Villa, with no time frame put on his return from a shin injury.
Defender Bjorn Engels has recovered from a back spasm and could be among the subs on the bench.
Leeds were really strong against Southampton in midweek and won without Kalvin Phillips in their team.
The only other time that has happened this season came when they beat Aston Villa in the reverse of this fixture in October. Phillips is still injured and I am going for the same outcome again this time.
I’ve talked before about how Phillips knits Leeds together and they are not the same without him – well, we found out what Villa are like without Jack Grealish when they lost to Leicester at the weekend. They looked ordinary against the Foxes.
See his full set of predictions for this weekend (27/02/2021) by clicking HERE.
Fans reacted after Patrick Bamford hits back at Aston Villa fans over the viral video, see what they had to say…
@clift_john: I would never let him forget it if I was a villa fan
@bradavfc_9: Bamford diving cunt
@Danvilla84: Bamford the rat pretending to get a smack to get ghazi sent off he was diving all over the gaff that season
@BamfordHat: I couldn’t agree more, it was embarrassing and he deserved the ban he got. Shame the fa weren’t consistent though, as hourihane, grealish, mcginn should also have had retrospective bans. Ah well, water under the bridge now
@bottleofbeer: You wouldn’t want Bamford by your side in a pub fight.
@jimmynimble: “It seems”….like Bamford played no part in that, the shameless cheat
@ReeceBarrett15: Cheat. Never forget the el ghazi dive
@BeerMunstar: The reason why I never liked Bamford but respect Bielsa for the goal
@Dr_coxy: We’ll let it go when you’re fans stop calling Grealish a diver when the only one who’s actually dived is you
Steve Pertz: the bloke is just asking for trouble lol
Conor Caulfield: While Bamford was clearly in the wrong, strange how Hourihanes punch was completely swept under the rug
Liam Cooper: As a Leeds supporter I was embarrassed and annoyed by Bamford’s dive. Thought he was above that behaviour but it’s endemic in the game along with diving for penalties etc. Horrible to watch, no other sport tolerates or encourages in as football does.
Baz Barrett: The one time he should have done it tbf to give villa a taste of their own medicine, they were beyond embarrassing that day
Martin Lear: That game was grealish’s inspiration to become the tom Daley he is today, he still watches over the clip of bamford going to ground that day while listening to eye of the tiger before every match to get himself pumped up to roll around the floor
RobnGem Duffield: A better diver than Tom Daley
Tracey Ankrett: The fact that it all came about because their player dived, Leeds played to the whistle, they set upon Klich and push Bamford really gets me. Oh forgot, Villa do it every week so no big deal for them
Sidek Lufc Ahmad: Villas fans just bitter by his hat trick. All is good Paddy
Jakob Skov Johansen: And that comes from the same Villa fans who hails Girlish – the dive king