Leeds United to meet Newport County halfway

Elland Road will host Leeds United v Newport County next week.
Elland Road will host Leeds United v Newport County next week.

Leeds United have agreed to pay Newport County almost half of the gate receipts from next week’s Carabao Cup tie after the match was switched to Elland Road.

Newport were drawn at home to United in the second round but have been granted permission by the EFL to contest the tie in Leeds due to the on-going installation of a new pitch at their Rodney Parade ground.

It is a wonderful gesture and much appreciated.

Newport chairman Gavin Foxall

EFL rules entitle clubs to 45 per cent of gate recents from every League Cup tie they appear in but the reversal of next week’s fixture gave Leeds the right to decide the amount of money paid to Newport.

United, however, will honour the standard arrangement and ensure that County receive a sizeable windfall. Rodney Parade has a capacity of under 9,000 while Leeds’ first-round win over Port Vale at Elland Road drew in 15,431.

Newport chairman Gavin Foxall told the League Two club’s official website: “On behalf of everyone at Newport County I would like to thank the chair of Leeds United, Andrea Radrizzani, for graciously showing his and Leeds United’s goodwill in allowing us to keep our percentage of the gate.

“It is a wonderful gesture and much appreciated.”

The tie between Leeds and Newport will take place on Tuesday, August 22 and kick off at 7.45pm.