Gary Neville has paid tribute to the Leeds United fans but the Sky Sports pundit thinks the club could get relegated if fans aren’t allowed back into stadiums this season.
Leeds kick off their Premier League campaign on Saturday when they play Liverpool at Anfield and the game will be behind closed doors.
Neville thinks Leeds are the “fascinating” story of the season but had a warning for the newly-promoted club.
Talking in the Daily Star, Neville said, “There is no doubt Anfield was the biggest test but when you went to Elland Road it was the most hostile, without a shadow of a doubt.
“Leeds is the fascinating story of the season. It will be better when their fans are in the stadium, that is a ferocious game to play for all clubs but the big clubs in particular.
“It’s spine-tingling going to a game at Elland Road.
“That’s where they can have an advantage… I don’t think Leeds will go down, actually, Leeds have a chance of going down if the fans don’t come back. If the fans come in the stadium I think they’ll stay up.”
Could be a quiet season
There was hope that fans would be back in stadiums in October but that seems up in the air at the moment.
Fans have been pulled from Doncaster racing after a recent spike in Coronavirus.
Writing in The Athletic, Matt Slater said that scheduled football test events with more than 1,000 fans had now been cancelled too.
Cambridge were set to let 2,500 fans in on Saturday when they play Carlisle in League 2 but that’s been scrapped.
UNlike Neville, we think that Leeds will be just fine in the Premier League with or without fans but we’re gutted that plans to get fans back into stadiums seem to be in disarray.
We were looking forward to seeing Elland Road welcome fans back in October but that seems to be in real doubt at the moment.
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