'Oh my goodness': Sky presenter reacts after what Leeds United's Patrick Bamford tells him about Aston Villa fans
Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford has admitted to Sky Sports that Aston Villa fans got totally the wrong end of the stick when he performed his celebration against them last season.
A big misunderstanding
Bamford netted a hat-trick for Leeds against Villa, before making a lightening bolt with his hands.
Bamford’s celebration was designed to create more awareness of the dangers of climate change, a cause he is firmly behind.
However, it is also the sign that Birmingham City’s supporters typically make.
Of course, with Villa having a huge rivalry with the Blues, it was seen as an antagonistic gesture.
But the Leeds striker has moved to clear up the misunderstanding now.
“This whole thing was bolt for planet, I did it the first few goals I scored in the Premier League and nobody really understand what it was for,” Bamford began.
“Then I did it against Aston Villa and the Villa fans, and I didn’t know about this, but Michaela [Bamford’s girlfriend’s] sister lives in Birmingham and her fiancé knows a lot of people in Birmingham.
“All the Birmingham fans were going mad, like happy, because the Villa fans were losing their heads as they thought I’d done a Zulu sign, which is apparently the hooligan firm of Birmingham.”
“Oh my goodness, so massively misinformed,” Sky presenter, David Garrido said.
“I didn’t know anything about this until after the game, but the Villa fans were saying he’s just given us the Z, so it was all going off on Twitter which gave me the perfect chance to explain what it was for.
“So I put out a tweet and Instagram about bolt for planet and what it stands for.”
Bamford’s performance for Leeds against Villa last season ranks up there with the very best of his career to date.
It was one of the reasons why the Leeds man has been able to force his way into England contention now.
Bamford made his first Three Lions appearance, but he unfortunately wasn’t able to showcase his celebration on the international stage.
The Leeds man played his part in helping England to a 4-0 victory over Andorra, but wasn’t presented with many opportunities to hit the back of the net.