Leeds United chief Angus Kinnear has confirmed that the window for season ticket renewals will be extended for those fans who are having financial problems.
Kinnear delivered the good news in his ‘alternative program notes’ in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Many fans have been disappointed with Leeds for sending out emails reminding them that the deadline for renewal was today, March 27.
The emails contained no provisions for fans who are currently experiencing financial problems because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear said of the fans, “We have had over 500 supporters a day renewing their Season Tickets for a season that is yet to have a start date (for those who simply can’t renew, due to circumstance, the window will obviously be extended).”
This will come as welcome news for Leeds fans, although we still think that communication around this issue could have been much better.
And, for a lot of fans, this news has simply come too late.
We’ve talked to fans who have said they’ve already renewed because of the deadline despite being very worried about their finances.
Leeds had said no more season tickets would be made available after today’s deadline.
This news could well have changed what they did and Kinnear is quick to point out that 500 fans have been renewing a day.
Leaving it until the actual deadline day to announce an extension could be seen as cynical, although we do appreciate that Leeds as a business is also suffering.
They’re set to lose £2.5m from the loss of gate receipts for the last five home games of the season and the Leeds players have agreed to a wage deferral until the end of the season.
However, what’s great news for some Leeds fans will almost certainly have come too late for others.
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