PL chief offers 'Huge' boost for Leeds fans wanting to watch Bielsa's men play in top-flight
If Leeds United win promotion from the Championship this season, there is a good chance that fans will be able to attend Elland Road to watch Marcelo Bielsa’s men in the Premier League.
The currently-suspended 2019/20 Championship season is expected to resume at some point next month, with Express & Star journalist Joseph Masi reporting the second-tier might reconvene between 26-28 June.
However matches will take place behind closed doors, meaning that if Leeds do win promotion, fans will have to sit at home and watch events unfold and, potentially, the Championship trophy be lifted by Liam Cooper.
But what about once Leeds get into the Premier League? Will matches still be played behind closed doors?
According to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, the top-flight is hopeful that fans will be able to start attending stadiums in the 2020/21 campaign.
“No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place,” Masters told Sky Sports, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“But there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis.
“Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards.
“We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”
It definitely will be a huge morale boost.
It is hard but we accept that if Bielsa leads the Whites back to the top-flight this season, then it is going to happen in an empty stadium. It is totally the right thing to do to ensure the safety of the nation.
How long will the behind-closed-doors fixtures continue for though?
That is bound to depend on the level of threat the coronavirus brings by the time we reach next season.
Hopefully we’ll be able to make our way back to Elland Road soon enough.
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