Kasper Schmeichel opens up on why he felt 'unwelcome' at Leeds United
Kasper Schmeichel says chants from fans about his father Peter were the reason he felt “unwelcome” during his time at Leeds United.
The Leicester City goalkeeper dismissed claims that these chants constituted “just terrace banter” in explaining his treatment from the supporters.
“They used to sing a song saying ‘your dad’s a [swear] but we like you’. That wasn’t particularly welcoming.
“I met a Leeds fan after leaving and he was a bit annoyed at me for saying that I didn’t feel welcome and he confronted me about it. I shook his hand and said ‘your dad’s a [swear], but I like you, how do you feel?’.
“He was obviously shocked, he said ‘well that’s just banter, that’s just terrace banter’. I said ‘okay, that’s fine, that’s banter to you but do you like me calling your father that?’ And he obviously said no.”
The Danish international has had to work his entire career to move out from under the shadow of his illustrious father, the trophy-laden former Manchester United star.
And while Schmeichel junior is now a title-winner in his own right, during his time at Elland Road the famous surname represented Schmeichel senior just as much.
With the two Uniteds’ running a heated rivalry it would perhaps not be surprising if fans had chanted disparagingly about his father if the former White had been a visiting player.
But, despite the caveat included, the insulting nature of the chant clearly did not cultivate an enjoyable atmosphere among his own fans for the Leicester captain.
Things ultimately worked out well for the player as, despite not wanting to leave West Yorkshire at the time, he went on to become a league and FA Cup winner with the Foxes.
A return to the top of English football took longer for Leeds and fans may wonder what might have been were it not for one particular chant.
In other Leeds United news, the club’s Director of Football is reportedly chasing transfer targets.