Leeds United: Now protesting fans aim for the sky

Projection protest by Leeds fans on the side of the East stand at Elland Road.
Projection protest by Leeds fans on the side of the East stand at Elland Road.
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A group of Leeds United fans who staged an eye-catching protest at Elland Road say more stunts are planned in their campaign against club owner Massimo Cellino.

The Time To Go Massimo group beamed a series of anti-Cellino messages onto the stadium’s East stand before and during Monday’s goalless draw against Middlesbrough.

They said they are now planning an aeroplane fly-over at a forthcoming home game and told supporters to “watch this space” for as they plot other stunts.

Tom Banks, one of the organisers, said: “We had an idea that Monday night’s protest was going to be pretty good but it went way beyond our expectations.

“We thought it looked fantastic and the feedback we got from everybody was that they thought the same, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. There’s been no negative reaction, so from that perspective it couldn’t have gone better.”

Time To Go Massimo launched their campaign on Thursday by funding a poster installed on advertising hoardings outside the East Stand calling for Cellino to go. Leeds took legal action to have the poster removed, but the group said it informed police and took legal advice before Monday night’s stunt.

“We did wonder why we went so big so quickly because it will be hard to follow,” Mr Banks said.

“What we do next will most likely be at the home game against Bolton (on March 5). We want to keep up the momentum.

“We think the projection will have empowered fans to make their voice heard. We have some more ideas, including a fly-over.”

The club has declined to comment on the group’s ongoing protest.