Micah Richards reacts to Victor Orta controversy as Leeds United draw 2-2 with Brentford
Victor Orta made the headlines on Sunday (5 December) after his reaction to Leeds United claiming a 2-2 draw against Brentford was captured on camera.
Patrick Bamford’s equaliser at Elland Road, after Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos had cancelled out Tyler Roberts first-half opener, was the catalyst for an outpouring of emotion from the Leeds director of football, who made a ‘shush’ gesture to an unidentified person/group of people, with the Spaniard having to be held back.
“Here’s their director of football Victor Orta making a vociferous point at the end, I don’t know whether he was getting criticised by fans or opposition, but Bamford’s equaliser gave him the opportunity to tell someone to be quiet,” host Mark Chapman said on BBC Match of the Day 2 (5 November).
“Nothing wrong with that passion,” Micah Richards replied.
Ex-Everton midfielder Leon Osman added: “He can’t be accused of not being invested.”
Chapman: “No, he can’t, and actually I felt like doing that gesture to both of you over the course of the evening.”
Emotions running high
Orta is no stranger to expressing his emotions in the stands.
He can regularly be seen ranting and raving at Elland Road, willing his side on to victory.
His passion is great to see for Leeds fans – not all directors of football or club chiefs are as passionate about their club as he is.
It’s unclear what caused the issue on Sunday – Chapman suggested it could have been a reaction to a fan, home or away – but it ended up being one of the main talking points from a last-gasp equaliser.
It remains to be seen what the actual reason was for Orta’s reaction, but there aren’t likely to be any consequences of it as he was wisely held back by others before he could get close to the recipient/s of his celebrations.
Bamford’s equaliser lifts Leeds to 14th in the Premier League table, though Everton can leapfrog them on Monday night (6 December) with a positive result against Arsenal.