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Paul Robinson has said that Elland Road will be “absolutely electric” if Leeds get promoted and fans are allowed back into the stadium.
He also said that Leeds back in the top-flight will be “one hell of a ride to be on”.
However, he also said it would be an “unbelievable” ballot if season-ticket holders had to ‘win’ a seat at Elland Road if fans are welcome back in greatly reduced numbers next season – one of the plans that’s being discussed in the top-flight.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “If Leeds are in the Premier League next season then Elland Road is going to be a very exciting place to be if fans are allowed back.
“It will be absolutely electric at Elland Road, which they’ll sell out every week. They’ll sell out every away game.
“Leeds United back in the Premier League, for however long they’re there, certainly for the first season, will be one hell of a ride to be on.”
Robinson also commented on a plan that could see a reduced-capacity crowd at Elland Road.
The Sun reported that one option for the Premier League next season is ballots to decide who gets in to watch games, with stadiums looking to welcome “vastly-reduced” numbers of fans back in the 20/21 season.
“It will be an unbelievable ballot if that was the case,” Robinson said. “It would be harder than getting the winning ticket for the lottery.
“But, some fans are better than no fans at all, if it can be done in a safe way that doesn’t put any pressure on the NHS or without fear of spreading the virus.
“Whether that’s fans in certain blocks or stands being told to arrive at a certain time, maybe a lot earlier than you would normally, to avoid overcrowding. There are a lot of different options.”
The thought of Leeds fans not being able to watch either promotion back to the Premier League or the first games in the top-flight if they do win promotion is painful.
However, it does seem that the most likely option is for the Premier League to start behind closed doors, with fans coming back in some form in the second half of the season.
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