After a humiliating 5-1 defeat to League One promotion chasers Portsmouth at the weekend, Bradford City captain Anthony O’Connor has recently issued a statement to fans.
The Bantams, who are without a manager following the resignation of David Hopkin at Valley Parade, are currently in turmoil on the pitch, with the Yorkshire club fighting for their lives at the bottom of the League One table.
City fell to a massively disappointing 5-1 defeat to Pompey at the weekend, and as emotions ran high during the encounter at Fratton Park, O’Connor seemingly threw his captain’s armband onto the floor, as City prepared to face a corner.
The result on the South Coast leaves Bradford sitting six points adrift in the Sky Bet League One table, and after the game, O’Connor moved to address these controversial events in a club statement.
The 26-year old said: “It has been brought to my attention by members of staff at the club that supporters are unhappy with me, after I removed the armband during the second half.
“Paul (Caddis) came off injured and I put the armband on in the dressing room – at half-time. The stitching was coming away and I had just headed the ball away for a corner.”
“I was getting ready to defend the corner and took it (the armband) off. I put it in the goal. It is ridiculous to suggest I did it for any other reason. I would never disrespect the club or the captaincy. I wouldn’t have put it (the armband) on if I didn’t want to wear it.”
Here, we take a look at Bradford fans’ reactions to O’Connor’s statement…
I'm not buying it at all. Get him out. And anybody else who is disinterested, no pride or commitment to the shirt. I bet @billyclarke7 is gobsmacked to what he has come back to. A club built on values that have fast been forgotten
— Greg Ormondroyd (@G9_ORM) March 2, 2019
Does he think we’re thick or something?
— Mission:The Great Escape (@HKing249) March 2, 2019
He has a serious attitude problem , had a rant at Aberdeen fans last season after he had a shocker .
— Deesidedon⭐⭐ (@deesidedon) March 3, 2019
Sooo it’s the kitman’s fault? pic.twitter.com/4cChBZRIjN
— JF (@jonfozz) March 2, 2019
Endearing himself to the fans I see #hasprevious
— ⭐️Claire ⭐️ (@ClaireAllinson1) March 2, 2019
Give it a rest now I’m trying to enjoy my Saturday night????
— Lisa Carmichael (@LisaCarm) March 2, 2019
The sheer fact that this comment is needed just sums up exactly where we are right now. It’s actually very sad. Whether he’s telling the truth or not, we’re sinking fast. #BCAFC
— Simon Clarke (@Clarkey2506) March 2, 2019