Leeds United fans could be set to return to Elland Road for the Premier League clash against Burnley after Christmas.
BBC editor Paul Waugh has shared on Twitter that Matt Hancock has delivered a “very strong hint” that West Yorkshire is set to drop to Tier 2.
So for some of the country, good news this Weds
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) December 14, 2020
This is set to happen from Wednesday, hours after the news that London is set to go the other way and back into Tier 3.
This is a massive boost for Leeds.
The game on Wednesday will likely come too early for the Whites to welcome fans for the clash against Newcastle, which will be shown live on Amazon Prime.
All eye will now move to the 27th of December, and the game against another struggling side, Burnley at Elland Road.
With West Yorkshire likely to drop into Tier 2, the Whites will be allowed to welcome 2,000 fans into Elland Road for the first time since that win over Huddersfield last March.
Looking at GOVUK website, Leeds should have been in Tier 2 at the same as London.
The North East and Yorkshire currently have the lowest R-number in the county, with it standing at 0.7-0.9.
Compare that to London, which is currently at 0.9-1.1, and Leeds should have realistically had fans at this week’s games with West Ham and Newcastle.
Angus Kinnear has commented on the return of fans, and the difficulties it could bring the Whites as they try to accompany their 24,000 season-ticket holders.
The most likely scenario is fans being kept in the East Stand, but either way, we are crossing our fingers for the inevitable return of fans against Burnley.
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