Leeds fans gather at Elland Road to celebrate promotion

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Some fans were seen wearing Leeds United masks during the celebrations


Leeds fans gathered outside the club stadium to celebrate their return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and the police urged fans to stay home.

However, there was jubilation outside of Elland Road as the club’s place in the elite was confirmed when West Brom lost to Huddersfield Town earlier.

Last month, Liverpool fans went to Anfield to celebrate the championship victory.

Under the social distancing guidelines, people in England must keep a distance of at least 1 m while observing precautions to reduce the risk of coronavirus.

  • Leeds United promoted to Premier League after 16-year absence

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Fans were seen celebrating together despite the rules of social distancing


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Smoke from blue and yellow flares filled the air outside of Elland Road


Earlier this week, Radrizzani said it was “vitally important that we stay safe and also keep those around us safe by staying at home.”

“The fight against Covid-19 is not over yet and we must continue to be reasonable,” wrote Radrizzani in an open letter to supporters published in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

His feelings were picked up by the West Yorkshire police.

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Union delegates unsuccessfully attempted to impose social distance above ground


Earlier this week, a force spokesman said, “It is important to remember that Covid-19 is still with us and large gatherings are still not allowed.

“We understand that fans will want to celebrate but ask them to keep in mind their own safety and well-being, and that of others.

“The safety of fans and the general public is our number one concern and the safest way for people to celebrate is at home. “

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Fans were seen celebrating by the statue of club legend Billy Bremner


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Flags were waved on the ground, including one bearing the face of manager Marcelo Bielsa


At the scene – Charles Heslett, BBC Radio Leeds

Hundreds of fans have gathered here at Elland Road for this historic moment.

Blue and yellow flares were set off as people stood next to the statue of Billy Bremner celebrating cans of beer.

Obviously, it is always against the rules to assemble in large groups and the stewards tried to impose social distancing with the police who also patrolled.

But it was almost impossible for many fans not to stand side by side and there were few masks on display.

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Leeds players were cheered when they appeared at a window overlooking the crowd


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Born in Leeds, Kalvin Phillips came to celebrate with the crowd from a distance


Leeds got on the brink of promotion by defeating Barnsley 1-0 on Thursday to spread six points Brentford, third, with two games left.

The result meant their long exile from the elite would end if West Brom failed to beat Huddersfield or the Bees lost points to Stoke.

Promotion was assured when the Baggies lost 2-1 to a lively Terrier team who still needed points to survive the championship.

After the result, celebrities and prominent figures in the world of football published congratulatory messages on Twitter:

Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who rose through the ranks in Leeds, was among those who sent his support:

While the BBC match of the day highlighted the story shared between the reds and the whites:

Leeds will now be crowned champion if Brentford does not beat Stoke on Saturday or the Whites, then take a point from Sunday’s visit to County Derby.

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Some fans watched West Brom’s defeat at Huddersfield Town in city bars


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Last year, Leeds United supporters celebrated the club’s 100th anniversary


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