Earlier this week, Leeds United announced that they are working on ways to refund season-ticket holders and supporters who have already bought tickets for the remaining Championship fixtures.
If Leeds are able to get back out onto the football pitch in the coming weeks and months then they will do it behind closed doors in order to limit the spread of coronavirus and continue protecting the NHS.
As no fans will be able to attend Elland Road for the final matches of the 2019/20 season, Leeds, and a number of their Championship rivals, have offered fans the option to get refunds for tickets they already have.
Leeds supporters responded in their droves to the news and some insisted that the club keeps the money, with several suggesting it should go towards buying Ben White on a permanent deal from Brighton.
Managing director Angus Kinnear is proud of how supporters have responded to the news but insists that those who do want refunds will still be able to get them.
“As it was confirmed that the remainder of this season will definitely be behind closed doors, we were able to announce that we will start the process of recompensing season-ticket holders and hospitality guests for the games they will not be able to attend. The social media response to the statement could only have come from fans of one team,” Kinnear wrote on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.
“Hundreds of supporters declared the club should keep the funds, with reasons ranging from the fact that three-quarters of a season of Bielsaball had already provided value for money, to the contingent that the cash went towards the acquisition of Ben White.
“These loyal gestures, in such a challenging period, demonstrate that the club is more United than at any time in its recent history. Whilst being able to retain a portion of these funds within the club will be invaluable in the most demanding of financial situations, we will endeavour to give all supporters club credit or alternative value in excess of the amount owed, however, for the fans who want, or need, it, full refunds will, obviously, be provided.”
It was classy of Leeds to do this for their supporters as it will no doubt hit them hard in the pocket but the response of the supporters also showed their class.
While there will be people out there who will want their refund – and we do not blame them at all in these hard times – there are those who are in the position to help their football club in its hour of need.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see supporters taking a similar stance up and down the country and we hope that clubs who are struggling financially are able to stay afloat with all the uncertainty.
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