Andrea Radrizzani on the possibility of a phased return to Elland Road for Leeds United fans

Leeds United are playing the remainder of the season behind closed doors.

By Joe Urquhart
Sunday, 5th July 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Sunday, 5th July 2020, 12:24 pm

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has said that he hopes supporters can make a phased return to Elland Road in the near future.

The Whites saw their season halted in mid-March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with football and sport across the world put on hold indefinitely amid the global health crisis.

After months of discussions the Championship campaign restarted in late June but the season will conclude behind closed doors without fans in attendance due to concerns over public safety.

Marcelo Bielsa's side are pushing for a return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years and sit top of the table six points clear of third with just five games of the run-in remaining.

United fans have had to swap the terraces for television screens in the short term as they cheer Leeds' promotion push on from home.

Radrizanni, though, says that while it has been important to keep in touch with supporters through the use of technology and social media, he is hopeful people will be able to attend games sooner rather than later.

Even believing that a phased return to stadiums could be the answer to help football return towards some form of normality.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani. (Jonathan Gawthorpe)

"It's positive that we have the opportunity to get in touch and create a technology bridge between the fans and the players and the club," Radrizzani told the Talking Sport webinar.

"With the fans this is very important.

"Obviously whoever has been in a stadium, especially in England where the atmosphere is fantastic, knows and understands the difference.

"I think as soon as it's possible the stadium will be full again.

"I hope that the transition will be gradually done soon because I don't think it's necessary to shut clubs down completely in the stadium.

"There's no danger if you manage to have one-third of the people in the stadium or half of the people.

"I think with the right adjustments and precautions I think it is possible to have people in the stadium soon, hopefully."