Phil Hay makes police operations claim after what happened between Leeds United and Manchester United in Premier League
There were reportedly 900 police officers deployed in the Leeds United v Manchester United game in the Premier League in February.
According to the Athletic journalist Phil Hay, the fixture is one of the most policed game in the Premier League which is why the decision was made for it to be called off.
Leeds’ next game will now be against Aston Villa on 2 October – nearly a month from their 5-2 drubbing against Brentford.
Via Twitter, Hay wrote, “Police operations for Man Utd-Leeds and vice versa are some of the biggest going. 900 officers were on duty for the game at ER in February.”
Makes no sense
This makes it sound like it’s one of the most barbaric fixtures on the calendar and constantly leads to fan violence.
The normal number of stewards are enough to handle the fixture and this is just overthinking on the side of the authorities.
The game is also at Old Trafford which is probably one of the most tourist-attended grounds in the country so the fans are just there to have a good time.
They care little about the past animosity with Leeds and do not really want to mar this occasion by getting into fights with their rivals.
However, now that the decision has been made, there is nothing that can be done and we have to accept the call made by the Premier League.
Hopefully, this break helps the likes of Junior Firpo and Rodrigo return to full fitness and they should make the squad against Aston Villa after the international break.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have reached an agreement to sign a left-back, according to his agent.