Leeds United fans aren’t happy after the club was fined £20,000 by the FA for their celebrations at Derby County last season.
Leeds were fined by the FA who said: “The club failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion as pyrotechnic devices were used following the completion of a fixture against Derby County FC in the EFL Championship on 19 July 2020.”
The FA were quoted by BBC journalist Adam Pope as saying, “We are surprised the Club could not identify from a small number of candidates who brought the devices to the ground.”
The Derby game was the first since Leeds secured promotion and won the Championship title.
[1/3] Leeds United FC has been fined £20,000 and warned as to its future conduct after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20. pic.twitter.com/E5ssJ0s2yC
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) September 9, 2020
The fine was reduced from £30,000 because of mitigating factors as “no one was threatened, endangered nor injured and that the club apologised immediately.”
However, many fans aren’t happy and think that it’s any excuse to fine Leeds.
The massive fine handed out to the club after the SpyGate scandal is still a very sore point for Leeds supporters.
The game against Derby was played in an empty stadium with no fans present and thus there was no risk of injury to any member of the public.
And some fans wanted to know if West Brom were also going to get a fine after a player was pictured with a flare after winning promotion against QPR.
We’re still waiting for any confirmation on that – so far it’s just Leeds who have been punished and that really rankles.
Here are the best reactions from annoyed Leeds fans…
Nearly as much as some bulbs got charged for Racism. Nice to know the FA have their priorities straight
— Henry Nelson (@dobrownelson) September 9, 2020
I know on football terms it’s pennies but did WBA get charged? Their players had smoke bombs too or is it the 1 rule for 1 again?
— LUFC 🏆 &FRRLFC (@LeedsNFev) September 9, 2020
Out in interest, were West Brom fined for their use of pyros too when they secured promotion? Not sour grapes, curious if the fines are consistent
— Daniel Robinson (@DRobinson87) September 9, 2020
What about West Brom??? No nothing. OK that seems fair 🤔 pic.twitter.com/mr6HNKed7M
— Hugh Dawson (@HoochDawson) September 9, 2020
— Alexandra Myers (@AlexandraMyers2) September 9, 2020
In an empty stadium to celebrate a league win…what is wrong with these people?? It’s about time the @FA and their outdated inflexible rules were modernised…only the FA could find a rule for flares for gods sake!
— Ian Smith (@wolfeysmith) September 9, 2020
My god they are unbelievable. Just trying to get every penny out of us for any excuse.
— kathy lufc 🏆 champions💙💛 (@miffy0811_a) September 9, 2020
— Gary Edwards (@WeareLeedsOK) September 9, 2020
Laughable – absolutely pathetic
— Richard (@Rich57H) September 9, 2020
— Nick Watmough 💙💛 (@Nickjw2014) September 9, 2020
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