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Paul Robinson has said that Patrick Bamford was “wrong” to be on his phone during the Leeds win against Fulham after being subbed off at half-time and that he could face internal discipline.
Bamford was sat in the stands in the second half of the game because of social distancing but was spotted tapping on his phone by the Sky Sports cameras.
Robinson said some managers would kick him out of the squad for a week and fine him for doing it and said it would all depend on what Bielsa’s line of discipline is.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s wrong. You wouldn’t sit on the bench with your phone so just because you’re in the stand it doesn’t mean you sit on your phone.
“It depends what the manager’s line of discipline is. There are certain managers I’ve played for that he certainly wouldn’t be in the squad next week and he’d be losing a good chunk of his wages.
“Phone are generally banned around team areas and certainly on matchdays. I think it’s a bit disrespectful to his teammates and I certainly wouldn’t want to see it in the dressing room if I was there.
“Phones are very much vetoed on matchdays. If he was on the bench he certainly wouldn’t have been on his phone.”
Bielsa has been a big supporter of Bamford this season and we can’t see him doing anything that would disrupt the team at this point in the season.
We certainly don’t expect him to drop him from the squad.
It was a stupid thing to do, though, and we think an arm round the shoulder and a quiet word will be enough to make Bamford see the error of his ways and ensure the phone stays in his car.
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