Leeds United release statement addressing open top bus celebration at Elland Road

The club have released a statement.

By Joe Urquhart
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 11:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 11:06 pm

Leeds United have tonight released a statement to explain why their players climbed aboard an open top bus to parade the Championship trophy for supporters.

Fans were advised to stay away earlier in the day but Whites supporters gathered outside the East Stand during the club's final game of the campaign.

Marcelo Bielsa's men earned a 4-0 victory over Charlton Athletic as the Addicks were relegated to League One.

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The club organised an open top bus outside of the ground with the Whites squad taking to it post-match to celebrate with supporters.

United have now moved to explain the action, despite their earlier messages and say the authorities were consulted.

A club spokesperson said: "Following consultation with the SAG and Council, Leeds United arranged for a bus to be parked outside the East Stand reception as a contingency to assist dispersal should a crowd congregate at Elland Road despite a month long campaign from the club and supporter groups to encourage supporters to stay at home.

"The safety group believed was that a brief appearance from the players with the Championship trophy, would help to signal an end to proceedings, encouraging fans to head home safely.

Leeds United's open top bus celebration at Elland Road. (PA)

"In challenging circumstances fan safety has always been our priority."