It’s safe to say that Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford didn’t get the best of receptions from Millwall supporters when he was substituted in their game at The Den on Saturday.
Bamford looked lively throughout the game, but his afternoon was brought to an end with Marcelo Bielsa bringing on Eddie Nketiah in place of the former Middlesbrough forward.
The referee on the day told Bamford to leave the field of play at the nearest touchline, which led to an altercation between Millwall supporters and Bamford midway through the game.
Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has weighed in with his verdict over the new laws which are set to be introduced.
Why don’t we use even more common sense and just scrap the rule? We are asking for trouble, as I said last week. pic.twitter.com/OSSEBJmEDQ
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 8, 2019
Owen’s comments are likely to get supporters talking, and it’s fair to say that he’s raised a valid point, as any time that players waste in leaving the field of play, can simply be added on at the end of the game.
This will mean that potential spitting incidents (as was the case towards Bamford) and altercations can be avoided going forward.
Bamford and his Leeds United team-mates will be hoping to improve on a disappointing conclusion to their league campaign last season, as they were defeated by Derby County in their play-off semi-final.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have started the season strongly though, and currently occupy a spot in the top-six, although they’ll be keen to get back to winning ways after the international break after the defeat to Millwall.
The Whites take on Birmingham City next, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Leeds, as they go in search of an important three points.
I have to agree with Owen here.
He’s right in saying that the rule should just be scrapped altogether, as it runs the risk of serious harm and injury coming to a player.
All it will take is for a player to be seriously hurt before a new rule is set in place, and they shouldn’t wait any longer to review this rule in my opinion.