By Mark Smith

25th Feb, 2021 | 3:00pm

Leeds could have lost £12.6million playing behind-closed-doors this season - report

Leeds United could have lost up to £12.6million in total gate receipts playing behind-closed-doors, according to Leeds Live.

That is how much the Whites earned the last time they completed a full season with fans at Elland Road in the Championship.

It was the first season that Marcelo Bielsa was in charge in West Yorkshire, and Elland Road was sold out every single matchday.

Thankfully, that has been covered by Premier League TV money.

Financial expert Dan Plumley shared on Twitter at the start of the season that would amount up to £100million across the campaign.

Promotion to the Premier League will have seen this blow heavily softened on the Whites and Andrea Radrizzani, who have received big financial backing from the likes of the San Francisco 49ers recently.

Boris Johnson and the Government’s Road Map out of lockdown could see 9,400 fans return for the final game of the campaign against West Brom.

Leeds may have lost serious money up to nearly £13million, but they have certainly been covered by their other investments.

Back with a bang?

Radrizzani has already made it clear that he would love to expand Elland Road.

The Italian claimed that after establishing the Whites as a Premier League side, the capacity could be increased up to 50,000.

That would more than make up for the loss in gate receipts in the past two years, as there wouldn’t be a single seat left spare in the Premier League – especially after the brilliant start to this campaign under Bielsa.

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