Leeds United fans protest ‘unfair treatment’

Elland Road Stadium, home of Leeds United. Picture by Tony Johnson
Elland Road Stadium, home of Leeds United. Picture by Tony Johnson

Leeds United fans have been striving to call attention to what they say is the club’s unfair treatment by the Football League.

Around 100 supporters took part in a peaceful protest outside the governing body’s head office in Preston.

A petition containing 20,000 names was also handed over.

In a statement, the organisers of the protest said: “Whilst we respect that the Football League has a duty of care and responsibility towards its member clubs to look after their best’ interests, we refuse to accept how recent decisions can be in the best’ interests of Leeds United Football Club with regards the ownership of Leeds United Football Club.”

The protest was organised after the league’s decision to bar Massimo Cellino from acting as an owner and director of United.

The ban, which is the subject of an appeal, relates to a tax conviction imposed on Cellino by a court in Cagliari. One of the demo organisers, Dean Ryan, described the day’s proceedings as ‘encouraging’.

A Football League spokesman said: “We fully understand the importance of fans having the opportunity to make their collective voice heard on such important matters and recognise this petition demonstrates a strength of feeling amongst many Leeds United supporters that we will take note of.”