Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been targeted by online abuse and threats after missing a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday.
The club issued a statement condemning the behaviour and supporting the player and his family. Leeds said the abuse was unacceptable and did not reflect their fan base.
Bamford has scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for Leeds this season, but failed to convert a spot kick in the first half against Newcastle. The incident sparked a wave of hateful messages on social media, some of which threatened his life.
The full text of the statement is as follows:
Social media behaviour.
Overnight Patrick Bamford and his family have received completely unacceptable online abuse including several threats via Twitter.
The time for this behaviour to stop is now.
Those making threats do not reflect our fan base and are not welcome at our club.
We would like to thank all those supporters who have reached out to Patrick and his family to show their support.
Source: CLUB STATEMENT – LEEDS UNITED Football Club
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