Patrick Bamford has told Sky Sports’ EFL Podcast that his decision to deceive referee Stuart Attwell during last season’s 1-1 draw between Leeds United and Aston Villa was the most embarrassing moment of his career.
Bamford, 26, is in good form for Leeds at the moment, having scored three goals in his last five league games and seven all season. He continues to be a crucial cog in Marcelo Bielsa’s side, as they look to gain promotion come May.
Last season, in what was a hotly-contested match towards the end of the campaign in April at Elland Road, Leeds scored through Mateusz Klich with Jonathan Kodjia down injured. It sparked ugly scenes, and Bamford went down holding his face.
Anwar El Ghazi was sent off, though replays showed no contact had been made. Marcelo Bielsa won FIFA’s Best Fairplay Award for gifting Villa an equaliser. Bamford was banned, and has now said it was the most embarrassing moment of his career.
“Last season against Villa probably [was the most embarrassing moment of my career] when I threw myself on the floor,” Bamford said. “I still think he touched me a little bit. But looking back, it wasn’t a fine moment. I got more stick from my mum and my sisters. If I could change it, I would.”