Leeds United back Skye Thompson applause tribute

Skye Thompson.
Skye Thompson.
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Leeds United have given their seal of approval to tonight’s Elland Road tribute to tragic teenage fan Skye Thompson.

Skye, a 17-year-old Leeds season ticket holder, died after suffering a bleed on the brain at her home in Sheffield.

As of Monday evening, the donated organs of the Barnsley College student had saved four lives.

Now Skye’s grieving family are asking United fans to remember her with a minute’s applause beginning in the 17th minute of tonight’s televised home game against Blackburn Rovers.

They hope it will act as a moving tribute to the teenager and also encourage people to sign up to the organ donor register.

Fans have taken to social media in their droves pledging to do their bit to honour Skye’s memory this evening.

And today a source close to United chairman Massimo Cellino said he was backing the plan and would be joining in with the applause.

Leeds head coach Steve Evans, meanwhile, sent a personal message to Skye’s loved ones during yesterday’s eve-of-match press conference.

He said: “To her family, from everyone at Elland Road ... it’s a real sad moment for you but we’ll all be clapping our hands as hard as we can, stay strong.”

Skye’s family have been sent a card of condolence signed by Evans and United’s players.

The teenager’s favourite player, Mirco Antenucci, has also signed a shirt that the Thompsons are planning to have framed.

Skye’s Elland Road seat was in section N11 of the Kop and she was a regular at Leeds away games.

Her brother, 12-year-old Michael, is also a United season ticket holder.