Credible bomb threat made towards Elland Road forced Leeds United to shut down
Leeds United were forced to shut down Elland Road last week because they received a credible bomb threat through social media, according to the Daily Mail.
The club announced through a statement that the club shop and stadium was closed with immediate effect, and it’s now been shared what caused that.
And according to Sports Agenda (27 March), the Whites’ security team are still actively continuing their checks despite the police allowing business to resume as usual over the weekend.
“Dramatic scenes at Leeds United over the last few days,” they wrote.
“A 20-year-old man was subsequently arrested, while staff —including execs — were finally allowed to return to the club’s buildings yesterday morning.
“Agenda understands that the threat, made on social media, was to trigger a device at the stadium and that it was, indeed, found to be credible.
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“The post was spotted by a member of the public who immediately alerted police. Staff had to leave so quickly that many left behind belongings including house keys, purses and wallets.
“On Sunday, as a precaution following the police’s departure, Leeds’ own security team continued to carry out checks.”
It’s a truly crazy situation for Leeds over this last week, because why someone would target Elland Road is beyond us.
But the fact the police have found the person responsible and are now dealing with it is great, although it’s scary that it was a “credible” threat rather than someone just spouting nonsense on social media as usual.
Hopefully now the club can put it all behind them and start focusing on avoiding relegation to the Championship, with a huge game against Arsenal on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
It will be incredibly difficult for anyone to be predicting a positive result considering the way Arsenal have been performing, but Leeds are much more difficult to beat now under Javi Gracia and nothing can be ruled out.
We need points on the board and to keep the momentum high after the 4-2 win over Wolves last time out, and there is no better time to get them than immediately to put this relegation chatter behind us.