'Wow', 'This is in bad taste' – Some Leeds fans react to Friday update from club
We were willing to give Leeds the benefit of the doubt last time but it looks like it’s business as usual for the club, despite what’s going on in the wider world.
On Tuesday night, the club sent a tweet out reminding fans to renew their season tickets by March 27.
That met with a barrage of reactions from Leeds fans who said that it was insensitive from the club and that they should have held back before making financial demands on supporters who will have huge concerns of their own at the moment.
Now, they’ve sent out another tweet asking for existing members to renew their “My Leeds” memberships for the 20/21 season. The prices are £50 for adults and £30 for children.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 20, 2020
Now, we understand that Leeds is a business and one that is facing losing a huge chunk of revenue over the next couple of months and possibly beyond.
And some fans have recognised this.
Bit, for others, the timing is awful and we think the message itself could have been more sensitive if it needed to go out now at all.
Leeds could explain the business realities behind the decision to ask for this now and possibly offer a discount.
Some Leeds fans will be beside themselves with worry about money at the moment and some will already have lost their jobs.
Here are the reactions from Leeds fans to the tweet…
Not the best of times to announce this in all honesty….😂
— Liam (@Liamdestroyer39) March 20, 2020
People may be losing their jobs !!
Surely you could wait until we know where we stand
— Steve Loveday (@steve_loveday) March 20, 2020
Not all Leeds fans reacted badly to the tweet with one saying, “People might be losing their jobs at LUFC too, though. It’s a good way of getting cashflow in. No-one is holding a gun to your head either.”
people might be losing their jobs at LUFC too, though. It’s a good way of getting cashflow in. No-one is holding a gun to your head either…
— Chris Duncan (@cduncan86) March 20, 2020
The club has salaries to pay. Not just the players but all the support staff.
Many of our fans will be worried about their own incomes right now and not in a position to renew but I’m ok with this if it gets some cash flow in and saves a few jobs from those that can afford to.
— Anil Sharma (@Sharms99Anil) March 20, 2020
And one fan was more concerned about Leeds not accepting new members because of the huge demand in the 19/20 season.
Absolute disgrace that people who didnt have membership last year cant apply. Due to financial constraints I havent been able to for a couple of years. While I applaud those that attended last season why not give other fans a chance too
— Nigel E (@nigele2011) March 20, 2020
However, the majority of fans aren’t happy with the timing of the tweet.
I think it could be more to do with the timing of people not knowing what's going on with their jobs. If they'll get paid if their place of work has to shut for the foreseeable, rather than if the season finishes.
— peter corbett (@petercorbett27) March 20, 2020
Was wondering if you was going to delay the date for season ticket holders that could be struggling to pay, not trying to look to get new money in from existing members
— matt freeman (@rubbernut1975) March 20, 2020
Serious own goal this @andrearadri. Particularly as an Italian you should really read the room a little better at this horrific time for your country. The same wave will hit UK (worse most likely as their government has left them criminally exposed). And this is the priority?
— kildaregaa365 (@kildaregaa365) March 20, 2020
— The New Don (@Dpfproperties) March 20, 2020
Awful timing. 🖕
— Poz (@Poz89) March 20, 2020
Unreal Leeds think about it 🙈👍
— Gary Scriven (@lufc_gary) March 20, 2020
You’ve had a ‘mare here guys, hope this was a scheduled tweet someone forgot to delete.
— Carll Light (@Cfbhfdcvjgf) March 20, 2020
This is in bad taste considering the circumstances, we know the club has to survive but survival has a priority like food and living through this nightmare.
— keith bury (@Buzz510Bury) March 20, 2020
— Matty 🎮 (@mattyleeds18) March 20, 2020
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