TalkRADIO host Ian Collins was stunned when a Leeds United fan phoned in to say that he would boycott Elland Road if COVID passports were required to return to stadiums.
It’s a move that’s already been mooted by both the Government and the EFL with BBC News reporting that trials are set to take place to allow fans to return to sporting events with a pass that shows whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has said the use of COVID passports would be “time-limited” but one Leeds fan wouldn’t be happy to see his beloved team play in the Premier League if he was required to be vaccinated.
As shown in a clip on talkRADIO’s official Twitter account, the Leeds supporter said: “I spoke to my family on Sunday and said there’s no way on earth that I will be going back to Elland Road – even though I’ve got a season ticket, even though it cost me £600 – if they impose any sort of vaccine passport limitations.
“Absolutely no way. That will be done and dusted.”
Host Collins was taken aback by the Leeds supporter’s stance and said: “Wow. You feel that strongly you’d give up the team you’ve supported through thick and thin all your life, since a kid, and you’d give that up?”
Leeds United season ticket holder Paul says that if vaccine passports are required for sporting events: “there’s no way on Earth I’ll be going back to Elland Road.”@iancollinsuk pic.twitter.com/sC8EUCNs4Z
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) April 7, 2021
It remains to be seen how the return of football fans will take place in this country but with the UK dishing out vaccinations at a rapid rate, it’s possible that there will soon be a level reached where stadiums can be filled once again.
However, the use of COVID passports would be controversial with it drawing criticism from plenty of quarters.
The EFL have already said that using COVID passports seems necessary if it’s the only way clubs will be allowed to have full stadiums once again [BBC Sport].
While the EFL respect “one side of the debate in terms of civil liberties”, EFL chief executive Trevor Birch seems open towards them being a huge possibility.
And if they’re going to be used in the EFL then it’s very likely they will be in the Premier League too with Leeds looking almost nailed on to have a spot in the 2021/22 top-flight season.
We respect that people who read this and people who support Leeds have different opinions but based on what the EFL are saying, clubs could be forced into the use of COVID passports to ease the financial issues they’ve no doubt suffering in the last 13 months.
In other Leeds United news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the Whites’ upcoming clash with Manchester City.