By Joe Ellis

4th Jan, 2023 | 4:09pm

Leeds United: Andrea Radrizzani pays tribute as West Ham co-owner David Gold dies

Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani has paid tribute to West Ham co-owner David Gold, who passed away on Wednesday (4 January).

The Hammers announced on their website the news of Gold’s passing after a short battle with illness as he was surrounded by his family at his bedside.

Leeds and West Ham are set to face each other on Wednesday evening (4 January) at Elland Road as both clubs look to steer themselves clear of the relegation zone.

“RIP David, my prayers and deepest condolences to your family,” Radrizzani said in tribute to Gold via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.

Just a game

With so much football being thrown in the faces of the public nowadays, this is a timely reminder that it is not the be-all and end-all of our lives.

It is a shame that it takes this type of reminder as to what really matters in life but what can be said for sure is that the game at Elland Road between Leeds United and West Ham United is going to be a very emotional occasion and one with a tinge of sadness on both sides.

The result suddenly pails into insignificance after such news emerges and Jesse Marsch won’t be giving it large should the Whites win a vital Premier League match as a result.

And nor should he, the boss may have his life revolve around the beautiful game but he knows it’s just a game.

Gold would have loved to watch what is surely going to be an entertaining game in Yorkshire and he would want to see both sides give it everything as he did every day.

Everyone at MOT Leeds News sends their best wishes and condolences to Gold’s family and friends as well as those at West Ham United.