Leeds United fans are furious with the idea that the club might have to play some of their fixtures at neutral venues once the Championship season resumes.
Times journalist Martyn Ziegler reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that “high-risk” Championship fixtures are likely to be moved in order to stop fans from congregating outside stadiums and breaking social-distancing rules.
It is understood that Leeds and West Brom are the most likely clubs to be affected by this with a decision set to be made by clubs and the police.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) May 28, 2020
The Premier League is set to resume on June 17 and, as reported by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, the Championship is not going to be too far behind.
That means that it is more than likely that Leeds will be able to continue their bid to win promotion to the Premier League next month but matches will be played behind closed doors.
It seems that the authorities are concerned that fans will go to stadiums despite not being able to go inside and that has annoyed Leeds supporters, who do not think it’s fair that they should have to play at neutral venues while other clubs can play at home.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
This is a real issue. I know Leeds & West Brom are several points clear but for those to 2 teams to play home games at neutral venues & away games, away isn’t reasonable. It’s ridiculous to penalise a team because they have passionate fans!
— Matthew Burch (@matthewrburch) May 28, 2020
There’s too much at stake , can’t have different rules for different teams. Totally unfair !!
— JT1919💙💛 (@JohnmjtJt1919) May 28, 2020
How would that be fair exactly ?
— James Hollingworth (@JimmyHol84) May 28, 2020
Either all neutral grounds or none.
— Glyn Gillard (@GillardGlyn) May 28, 2020
Not fair @efl Home teams are in familiar surroundings, familiar dressing rooms all with familiar routines on match day. Why should #lufc and #wba play all their remaining games away from home? Should be the same rule for all if #sportingintegrity is really paramount.
— Northern Lifer (@northernlifer) May 28, 2020
Wouldn’t be surprised if we have to play in the outer Hebrides at 3 in the morning, I’m sure the EFL will come up with some kind of disadvantage
— Mark (@MJwhites1) May 28, 2020
How unfair is that? Leeds having to play at neutral venues but Fulham forest etc get to play at home? No chance surely
— Oliver Medd (@OliverMedd7) May 28, 2020
Ridiculous, it has to be consistent for all
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) May 28, 2020
As seen in the Bundesliga so far, home advantage is not really a thing inside empty stadiums but still, we want to see the Whites winning promotion at Elland Road, whether there are fans in there or not.
In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear has shared an update on Leeds’ loan agreements.