Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani tells fans not to celebrate in public with a club on the verge of promotion
‘The fight against Covid-19 is not over yet … please stay home’: Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani begs fans not to celebrate in public as club stand on the brink of Premier League promotion
- Leeds would be one point away from the Premier League with a win on Thursday-evening
- It would be a very memorable day for the club if they live up to their ambition and go upstairs
- But owner Andrea Radrizzani has told fans to stay indoors rather than gather
- There is a fear that jubilant parties will help promote the spread of the corona virus
Leeds fans have been warned not to take to the streets in a festive way when they promote the Premier League.
The owner of the club, Andrea Radrizzani, is concerned that the fight against the coronavirus could be compromised if supporters gather in large numbers during the last matches of the season.
Leeds would be one point away from securing a spot in next season’s Premier League with victory over Barnsley on Thursday afternoon.
Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds, has urged fans to stay at home instead of celebrating in public
The club is on the eve of promotion to the Premier League and is two games away
He wrote an open letter to fans and wrote: ‘The love you showed to the club, the players, my family and I and all the staff working at Thorp Arch and Elland Road was nothing short of astonishing.
“The past four months have been incredibly difficult for everyone around the world, but I believe the way our communities have come together has been amazing – especially here in Yorkshire, where tremendous progress has been made thanks to our values and collective spirit.
The situation has improved, thanks to the great work of care teams and key figures and the sacrifices we have all made. ‘
Radrizzani then added his warning to supporters who were tempted to celebrate in public: “But my message to you is that the fight against Covid-19 is not over yet and that we must remain sensible. I know many of you are desperate to express our support to our boys during this important week – but the health and well-being of our loved ones in our community must be our top priority.
Radrizzani is concerned that public celebrations will promote the spread of the corona virus
“I’ve always had the feeling that football means little without the presence of fans, and now I’m sure. However, it is vital that we stay safe and also protect the people around us by staying at home. ‘
Marcelo Bielsa’s side is two points away from West Brom at the top of the championship after having played one game less.
Promotion seems almost certain, but Radrizzani insisted that the job isn’t done yet.
“We don’t take anything for granted and there are three very important games to play this season. I know that management and our players will not rest until we reach our goals and the last ball is kicked. I know that whatever the outcome may be, many of you will want to meet and encourage us, but on behalf of everyone at Leeds United, I would like to ask you to enjoy these last matches safely at home.
“We want supporters back in the stands as soon as possible, and if the virus returns to our region through massive rallies, we could damage the progress made.
“We hear you and we feel you every moment – we know how important the club is to this community. But please stay at home. ‘
Marcelo Bielsa’s men would be one point away from promotion if they win Thursday afternoon