By Joe Ellis

7th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United: Victor Orta apologises after what he was seen doing at Elland Road

Leeds United fans have received an apology from Victor Orta after he was filmed chanting at Elland Road on Saturday (5 November).

The director of football was spotted chanting ‘sack the board’ after the Whites came from 3-1 down to beat Bournemouth 4-3 in a barnstorming game in Yorkshire.

The Leeds United supporters trust condemned the mocking from Orta and he has now come out to apologise to the fanbase.

“I would like to say sorry for my reaction after the game yesterday,” he said in a statement given to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I don’t want to make excuses, but in the end I am human.

“The past few months have been very difficult for everyone at the club. I have been subjected to a lot of abuse in person, in writing and via phone calls, after my number was deliberately given out last month.”

Mistakes

It has been an extremely stressful and difficult period for Orta and Leeds so there will naturally be a lot of frustration within that has ended up boiling over after an intense game.

The director of football oversaw the calamity of deadline day and then saw the team go eight games without a win to fall towards the relegation zone and there will have been calls to sack Jesse Marsch as a result.

But regardless of all of that, it should not be accepted that such a significant figure at the football club can sarcastically chant such a thing, mocking the supporters who keep him in a job.

Thankfully, he has acknowledged his mistake very quickly and moved to try and rectify it. There will be a few fans who don’t forgive him but most should be able to see that it was just a heat-of-the-moment thing.

Players lose their heads in the same manner sometimes which leads to them getting sent off so this doesn’t have to escalate to be a big deal.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano offered an update on this Elland Road-linked midfielder as he now no longer fits into his current manager’s plans.