Report - This is when Leeds fans could be allowed back inside Elland Road
Leeds United fans could be allowed back inside Elland Road by the end of September, according to the Daily Star.
Supporters have been banned from grounds since March as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic, with matches across England being played behind closed doors since last month.
It is understood that authorities have been impressed with the success of “Project Restart”, and that – coupled with a general easing of lockdown restrictions across the United Kingdom – has instilled “genuine hope” that a limited number of fans could be allowed back inside Premier League grounds in just a couple of months.
Leeds stand on the brink of promotion back to the top flight following 16 years away, and need to pick up seven points from their last four games to secure their return.
If they can do that, a fixed percentage of fans could potentially be allowed back to Elland Road early next season.
It is understood that the number will be somewhere between 20-30%, with a ballot on the matter set to be launched.
The Star also report that no priority will be given to season ticket holders, sponsors or corporate members.
This is good news – provided it goes off without a hitch.
With the rest of society opening up, from bars to restaurants to gyms, there doesn’t really seem to be any reason why football matches can’t follow suit.
As long as the number of attendees are heavily reduced and guidelines on social distancing are enforced properly, it should be safe enough.
Even having 30% of a crowd inside a ground would help generate atmosphere and revenue, and right now professional football is in desperate need of both.
On the assumption that this can be done sensibly and safely, we would very much be onboard.
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