Police have no objection to Leeds United playing Derby County at Pride Park later this season.
The Telegraph initially reported that the fixture had been deemed “high risk”, with plans being put forward for it to be played Southampton’s St. Mary’s stadium.
Both clubs were said to be stunned by the proposal, and had voiced their displeasure at the potential venue change.
Derbyshire Police were understood to have also expressed their desired for the match be played at Pride Park as initially planned, and have since released a statement confirming that the game will not take place place elsewhere.
An excerpt, as quoted by Derbyshire Live, reads: “Two of the highest category games – involving Leeds United and Nottingham Forest – were fixtures that the force initially deemed as potentially requiring them to be played at a neutral venue.
“Following a conversation with the club, in which a number of points were discussed, at this time the Constabulary is not proposing the use of neutral venues.”
This is a positive update for the Whites.
Where possible, avoiding neutral venues is surely a preferable solution.
Even in this instance, when the match is set to be played at a rival’s home ground, it would be better for everybody involved to have the continuity of matches being played where they were initially expected to be staged.
Moreover, this is an away trip that Leeds fans will have had their eye since the fixtures were announced at the beginning of the season.
Following last season’s Spygate controversy and the play-off heartbreak that followed at the end of the campaign, being able to exact some revenge on the Rams’ home turf will have been a mouth-watering prospect.
Of course, having no fans in the ground will lessen the impact somewhat, but still, it would be nice to pick up a win at Pride Park.
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