Leeds United and West Brom might be forced to play high-stake Championship matches at neutral venues, according to Times journalist Martyn Ziegler.
The Times has reported on their website that runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool might have to play all of their home games at neutral grounds in order to stop fans from congregating outside Anfield and breaking social distancing guidelines.
It is understood that authorities are “concerned” that people will make their way to stadiums while matches are taking place behind closed doors.
Once the Championship season resumes, Leeds will set their sights on winning promotion back to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
Ziegler has now reported via his personal Twitter account that Leeds and West Brom are likely to be affected by the authorities’ stance, adding that decisions will be made by the clubs, local safety advisory group and the police.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) May 28, 2020
It remains to be seen where they would make Leeds play if they had to go to neutral stadiums but the Whites have supporters all over the country and the government clearly has no issue with people doing the lengthy drive between London and Durham.
What would stop Leeds fans from getting in their car and driving to another city? There are a lot of Leeds fans in London and everywhere else in the country. How would playing at neutral venues work in the way it is intended to?
Why can’t the authorities trust football fans? Why can’t they ensure that people won’t be able to congregate in groups outside stadiums?
It just seems like a weird, pointless plan.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has issued a major Championship update.