Leeds United fans have been reacting on Twitter after it was reported that their game versus Derby County could be moved to be played at Southampton.
According to the Telegraph, the head of UK’s football police proposed that the fixture – originally set to take place at Pride Park – should be held at St Mary’s Stadium on the south coast instead.
Mark Roberts, who is the national lead officer in UKFPU, has identified the game as “high-risk” with fears that fans will congregate outside empty stadiums when the Championship season resumes.
Despite what the Telegraph reports, they also say that Roberts has denied this, calling it “categorically untrue” despite the newspaper’s sources saying that the plan was mooted to Leeds and Derby.
Understandably, Leeds fans are less than happy with the report as they don’t see why there is any point in moving the game to a neutral venue.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Haha your having a laugh https://t.co/3J5ZhOPX6s
— jamie whitfield (@whitfield_jamie) June 4, 2020
Thats an awful proposal https://t.co/iKAYh40SHA
— Josh Stone 💙💛 (@Joshstone23) June 4, 2020
If you want a neutral venue that's fine but Southampton? That's ridiculous https://t.co/D3mTPDv4Tc
— Patrick Harrison (@LimeyPatrick) June 4, 2020
Wouldn't put it past some of our fans to travel down from Leeds anyway so neutral venues are pointless for singular games. It should be all or none https://t.co/CEgH7iFs1j
— ryan 🇮🇹 (@RLB_500) June 4, 2020
— Nick Gazerro (@newengland_AU) June 4, 2020
Any truth in this Phil?
Crazy talk. https://t.co/xminQfqTfZ
— Tony D. (@tonypdickinson) June 4, 2020
— Kieran Edwards (@K_Edwards18) June 4, 2020
— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) June 4, 2020
We do not see why Leeds should be forced to play at a neutral stadium when other teams do not have to. What is stopping fans of mid-table teams from visiting stadiums?
It’s not fair on Derby either, they will lose their home advantage and have to travel a long distance to play what should be a home game.
This is just a very stupid idea.
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