Leeds United’s players have been criticised for ignoring fans, including a young boy, who were waiting outside the team hotel. The supporters had hoped to get autographs from their heroes before Leeds’ game against Bournemouth on Sunday but none of the players stopped or even acknowledged them.
Talk TV host and Sun Sport columnist Piers Morgan tweeted that they were “selfish arrogant p****s“. Other football fans joined in with criticism of the squad, saying they should be ashamed of themselves and calling their behaviour disrespectful.
The incident has prompted an appeal by the Leeds United Trust to find the family of the young boy seen in footage taken at the scene. They said: “We’ve spoke to the club and they have been trying to get hold of him to put things right.” Meanwhile, fed-up supporters are fearing relegation as games against Manchester City, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham loom ahead.
Leeds United have not yet commented on what happened outside their hotel. However, it comes just weeks after Arsenal’s squad faced similar criticism when they appeared to ignore a young girl while signing her shirt before their recent draw with West Ham.
The girl’s father later took to Twitter insisting she had enjoyed being mascot for Arsenal and holding hands with her favourite player Martin Odegaard onto the pitch was very special.