Leeds United fans are being warned against repeating the weekend’s promotion celebrations ahead of tonight’s home match with Charlton Athletic.
There is a big fear that large numbers of supporters could party again outside Elland Road or in Leeds city centre – just like the scenes we saw at the weekend. In normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a major problem, but Leeds City Council is reminding people to be responsible because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A council spokesperson said: “Like all Leeds United fans, we are so proud that the club is back in the Premier League. We know how important it is, not just for fans, but for everyone associated with the city, and it’s understandable fans are very keen to celebrate this wonderful achievement.
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“Ahead of tonight’s match, we are however asking that people please don’t repeat what we’ve seen in terms of large crowd gatherings at Elland Road and Millennium Square in recent days, or at any other venue in Leeds.
“This is extremely important as we continue to tackle coronavirus, and take all the steps that are necessary to protect people’s health and wellbeing, and that of others. This must remain our priority for everyone in the city, and we thank you for your support on this.”
The council has already put measures in place to try and prevent crowds from gathering outside the ground this evening, with barriers placed along the junction of Lowfields Road and Elland Road, near the Billy Bremner statue.
Leeds fan Ed McIntyre said: “To those #LUFC fans thinking about going down to Elland Road tonight to celebrate, dont bother. They’ve closed/blocked off the road.
“I think we all celebrated enough over the weekend, and showed the players our amazing support last Friday night. Listen to the advice. Stay home.”
At the weekend, thousands of people headed to Elland Road to mark the end of Leeds United’s Premier League exile. On Sunday After the Whites’ 3-1 victory over Derby County on Sunday, there were huge numbers of people around Millennium Square.
Police made arrests as some celebrations went too far and a female officer suffered a serious head injury. The day after, a huge clean operation was needed because of all the litter left behind.
Cllr Stewart Golton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, said the drink-fuelled celebrations over the weekend were proof that “the bubble has burst” on social distacing.
You can find out the latest reaction to the Whites’ promotion by visiting our dedicated Leeds United homepage.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in action at 7.30pm this evening in their final Championship match of a memorable season.