Boris Johnson's reported Leeds snub is huge missed opportunity
Boris Johnson has placed 10 English football stadiums on stand-by just in case the country is asked to host the entire delayed Euro 2020 Championships and there is bad news for Leeds United.
That’s according to The Sun, who have published a possible list of stadiums that will be used if we are given the entire tournament.
Elland Road is not one of the stadiums chosen and looking at some of the other picks, we can’t help but feel this is a glaring mistake.
On this list are four London stadiums, Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London Stadium and The Emirates.
Further North there is Old Trafford and The Etihad, Villa Park, Anfield, St James’ Park and The Stadium of Light.
Yes, that is correct.
A League One stadium is higher on the list of potential venues than Elland Road.
Not only is Sunderland’s stadium currently witnessing football in the third tier, it is just a stone’s throw from St James’ Park and an area as small as Newcastle and the surrounding towns and cities doesn’t need two venues.
We understand the capacity of the Stadium of Light is significantly higher than Elland Road but is there any need for two venues that close together?
Looking at the proposed venues, there is no stadium particularly close to Leeds, leaving fans in the surrounding areas with a significant journey to watch one of the games.
It would make much more sense to have Elland Road on the list and this is before you even get to brining the club’s into it.
Leeds United is one of the most historic clubs in the country with a trophy cabinet that dwarfs clubs like Sunderland.
Having our stadium on the list would spread out the venues slightly and bring European Championship football to more areas for the country.
Also, have you been to Sunderland recently?
Leeds is in god’s country and has a city centre that can host international travellers (if any are allowed) whereas even teams who play Sunderland in the league stay overnight in Newcastle.
Again, we can understand why Elland Road might not be picked but there are plenty of reasons why it should.
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