Vital Football

Latest Leeds United News

LUFC Bates slams amateurish ESPN

LUFC Bates slams amateurish ESPN

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates took a swipe at ESPN for their coverage of the game against Arsenal on Monday night on, calling them a bunch of amateurs.

Bates is currently on holiday in South Africa and watched the game on ESPN and he said he saw little of the match action and more of Thierry Henry, David Beckham and constant replays of the game rather than focusing on the game as it happened.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, "I watched the game live out here in South Africa and I thought the filming was absolutely appalling.

" I spent more time looking at David Beckham, Thierry Henry sitting on his seat, Thierry Henry sitting talking to the man next door to him, Thierry Henry standing up, Thierry Henry sitting down, Thierry Henry running up and down the touchline and Thierry Henry coming on the pitch and then watching Thierry Henry standing there when the ball was on the goal line at the other end and so it went on.

"There were constant replays and interruptions so you did not see the full flow at all.

"I don`t know who ESPN employed to do it, but I thought they were a bunch of amateurs and they have a lot to learn from Sky, BBC and ITV."


Leeds fans have come in for some criticism from ESPN analyst Robbie Savage this week.

The former dancer was unhappy with the Leeds fans during the coverage of the game, with female presenter Rebecca Lowe and Savage allegedly having things thrown at them as well as coming in for verbal abuse.

Speaking on his twit page earlier in the week, Savage said:
majority of Leeds fans were a disgrace throwing coins and hot dogs , shouting obscenities to a lady presenter ! Disgrace !

ESPN in their wisdom decided to set up their coverage in front of the Leeds fans and they got what they wanted, plenty of publicity from the evening.

Join The Vital Debate


Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.


Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share





Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Vital Leeds on: facebook


Vital Leeds on: twitter

Join Vital Leeds

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dazza71
Date:Thursday January 12 2012
Time: 3:02PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Leeds United Articles

LUFC Leeds United Loan Watch - February 20th-27th

Leeds United have six players out on loan at the moment and Vital Leeds is once again look at how the players are doing on their travels

LUFC On This Day - February 27th

A look back at what happened on this day February 27th in the history of Leeds United.

LUFC Silvestri Included In EFL Cup Team Of The Tournament

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has been included in the EFL Cup Team of the Tournament

LUFC Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday Highlights

Highlights from the clash between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday

Archived Vital Leeds Articles

Vital Leeds articles from

Site Journalists

Dazza71
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man of the Match v Sheffield Wednesday?
Suggested By:
Green44%
Ayling2%
Bartley3%
Jansson4%
Berardi18%
O'Kane4%
Bridcutt3%
Hernandez2%
Wood16%
Doukara2%
Sacko2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 33 21 8 4 71 31
2 Newcastle 33 22 4 7 70 37
3 Huddersfield 33 20 5 8 65 8
4 Leeds Utd 34 19 4 11 61 12
5 Reading 34 18 6 10 60 2
6 Sheff Wed 34 17 7 10 58 9
7 Fulham 33 14 11 8 53 17
8 Norwich 34 15 7 12 52 11
9 Preston 34 14 10 10 52 5
10 Barnsley 34 14 8 12 50 4
11 Derby County 33 13 9 11 48 6
12 Cardiff 34 13 7 14 46 -2
13 Brentford 33 12 7 14 43 2
14 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
15 Ipswich 34 10 12 12 42 -7
16 Q.P.R. 34 11 7 16 40 -11
17 Aston Villa 33 9 12 12 39 -7
18 Forest 34 10 7 17 37 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 33 9 6 18 33 -6
22 Wigan 34 7 10 17 31 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 34 4 5 25 17 -45
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Leeds United Results (view all)

Leeds United Fixtures (view all)

Mar 3 2017 7:45PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 5:30PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 5:30PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dazza71256
2.deslondon127
3.Tiny T81
4.Spanky White64
5.@OxonWhite52
6.Oyper45
7.bago45
8.King Billy44
9.SimonTVW41
10.ultraleeds35
Vital Football Comment