Leeds defends open-top bus celebrations despite crowds at Elland Road | Football News

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Last updated: 22/07/20 23:22 pm

Leeds United have defended their decision to hold open-top bus celebrations for their players outside Elland Road despite a large crowd gathering.

Thousands of supporters gathered off the ground for the final night of the championship season against Charlton, despite warnings not to do so due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Celebrations took place in Leeds city center and off the pitch over the weekend, in which at least one police officer was injured, and a Leeds city councilor subsequently warned of a rehearsal Wednesday evening.

Leeds United's Liam Cooper lifts Sky Bet Championship trophy

Leeds United’s Liam Cooper lifts Sky Bet Championship trophy

The club insist the decision to allow players to celebrate in front of fans was in consultation with the board and safety groups and was designed to give fans a reason to end their celebrations and disperse. .

A statement reads: ‘After consulting with SAG and the Council, Leeds United arranged for a bus to be parked outside the East Stand reception in an emergency to help with dispersal if a crowd gathered in Elland Road, despite a month-long club campaign. and fan groups to encourage supporters to stay at home.

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Leeds United celebrate championship triumph by lifting the trophy after 4-0 win over Charlton Athletic

“The security group believed that a brief appearance of the players with the Championship trophy would help signal the end of the proceedings, encouraging fans to return home safely. In difficult circumstances, the safety of supporters has always been our priority. ”

Leeds sealed Addicks’ relegation to Ligue 1 with a 4-0 victory, having won a promotion to the Premier League in the penultimate round of matches.

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