‘Get him out,’ ‘Off you go’ – Plenty of Bradford fans are seriously unhappy with 26-year-old

Bradford City’s Anthony O’Connor is in hot water after being filmed throwing the captain’s armband to the side of the field during their destruction this weekend.

The managerless Bantams slipped further into the relegation mire with a resounding 5-1 hammering at the hands of promotion chasing Portsmouth. It was a slow and faltering display from the side 23rd in the division, a result that leaves them six points adrift of safety.

O’Connor was given the armband after former Blackburn defender Paul Caddis came off, but was shown to throw it into the back of the net after heading a clearance away from goal. After the game, he issued a statement denying it was done as an act of disrespect.

“It has been brought to my attention by members of staff at the club that supporters are unhappy with me, after I removed the armband during the second half.

“Paul (Caddis) came off injured and I put the armband on in the dressing room – at half-time. The stitching was coming away and I had just headed the ball away for a corner.

“I was getting ready to defend the corner and took it (the armband) off. I put it in the goal.

“It is ridiculous to suggest I did it for any other reason. I would never disrespect the club or the captaincy. I wouldn’t have put it (the armband) on if I didn’t want to wear it.”

It’s fair to say some of their long-suffering fans were not happy with the player’s rebuke of the accusations, nor the act itself. Here’s a selection of their responses from Twitter this weekend.

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