By David Woods

29th Jun, 2020 | 9:06am

Ornstein: Leeds removed crowdie of Frank Lampard ahead of 3-0 win v Fulham at Elland Road

Leeds United made the headlines last week when a cardboard cutout of Osama Bin Laden was spotted in the crowd of crowdies at Elland Road. 

But he wasn’t the only ‘offensive’ figure in the crowd as The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Monday.

In his Ornstein on Monday column, he said, “Leeds assigned staff member to remove Kim Jong-un, Jack Marriott and Frank Lampard from ‘crowdies’.

“Leeds, who specifically assigned a member of staff to filter the faces, swiftly removed him [Bin Laden] and set aside others of a similar ilk, including several of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“A Derby County fan had paid for a crowdie of Jack Marriott — scorer of the winning goal when Derby beat Leeds in the Championship play-offs last season — and there were a number of versions of Frank Lampard.

“One face which survived the cut for Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham was Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series Tiger King. Sky Sports picked him out before kick-off.”

So it wasn’t just the Leeds fans who were making mischief on Saturday.

Derby fans got in on the act and we’re very happy for them to be donating £25 to the cause.

We’re actually a bit sad that Frank Lampard’s cutout was removed. We would have loved him to have had to sit through another Bielsa masterclass after what happened last season.

In fact, making him watch Leeds secure promotion automatically after what happened in the play-offs last season would seem like absolute poetic justice to us.

The crowdies will be out in force again on Tuesday night when Luton travel to Elland Road for a top v nearly-bottom clash.

Luton are in a run of form that’s seen them come off the bottom of the table. They haven’t lost in the last five and have won two of them.

However, a resurgent Leeds homing in on automatic promotion is probably their worst possible game. We can’t see anything but a home win, whether Lampard is in the crowd or not.

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