FA update on Monday a reminder for fans to behave as Leeds United hit in the pockets again
Frustrations can often boil over at football matches and Leeds United supporters have certainly had more than their fair of frustrations down the years.
But what must never happen is for those grievances in the stand to overstep the mark as occurred during the 2-2 draw between Leeds and Newcastle United on 13 May.
A man from the stands left his seat at Elland Road and approached Eddie Howe in the visiting technical area before shoving the Newcastle boss’ left shoulder.
The man was handed a 12-week prison sentence and six-year banning order from football at Leeds Magistrates Court on 8 September (Sky Sports).
The Football Association has also taken a dim view of the incident. The governing body charged Leeds on June 7, and announced on Monday (23 October) that the club has been hit with a £40,000 with £20,000 of that sum suspended.
An FA statement read: “Leeds United have been fined £40,000, with £20,000 suspended until the end of the 2024/25 season, and warned as to their future conduct for breaching FA Rule E21.1 at the Premier League game involving Newcastle United on Saturday 13 May 2023.
“Leeds United admitted that they failed to ensure their spectators and/or supporters (and anyone purporting to be supporters or followers) conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and don’t use words or behaviour which are improper, offensive, violent, threatening, abusive, insulting or provocative.”
Back in August, The FA slapped Leeds with a £150,000 fine following a fixture with Brighton and Hove Albion on 11 March as well as an action plan enforced following inappropriate chanting from the stands.
It is important to note that this is not a witch hunt against Leeds supporters, the club is backed passionately and vociferously from the stands and the vast majority of fans do so in great spirits and the right manner.
Sadly, every club has moments where people do overstep the mark and this is another costly reminder for everyone involved with the club to support the team in the right way and not to overstep the mark.
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