Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson has sent out a clear warning to Leeds United fans, saying it’s essential that supporters stay away from grounds when football restarts.
Leeds have been lumped in with Thompson’s Liverpool in being deemed ‘high risk’ fixtures in a report in the Times.
That report claims Liverpool will “almost certainly be denied the chance to win their first championship in 30 years at Anfield when football resumes next month”.
Leeds and West Brom have been highlighted as a risk in the Championship and that could see potential title-winning or promotion-winning games being played at neutral venues.
Talking on Sky Sports (Saturday, 1pm), Thompson said, “As far as us Liverpool fans are concerned, we’re just happy to get the games underway. We would always have got it anyway as null and void was off the table, so even on points-per-game Liverpool would have been champions. But it’s nice to do it playing a full amount of games.
“If it’s going to be at a neutral venue we do have to adhere to that. We have to stay away. That’s not just Liverpool fans, that’s all fans at all games. The police have got a hard enough job as it is.”
Thompson makes a really important point here and there are plenty of Leeds fans already mobilising on social media and helping to get the message out.
From the Times report, it seems that only games where Liverpool could win the title are being discussed, along with games against Man United and Everton.
That means Leeds will likely get the chance to play their first few games at Elland Road and the behaviour of fans at these clashes could dictate whether Leeds get the chance to play for promotion at home.
We’d love to be at Elland Road when that happens but that’s impossible.
Leeds now need to set an example to every other club and show that no-matter how high the stakes, the fans are respectful of what’s going on in the wider world.
We’re lucky that Leeds are looking like they’re getting the chance to play at all.
Let’s not ruin it by turning up and ignoring social distancing.
All the games are going to be shown live on TV – let’s stay at home and make the Leeds living rooms the loudest in the country.
And let’s have a proper celebration at Elland Road when it’s safe to do so.
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