Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear has claimed it would be “a national embarrassment” if the Bundesliga, La Liga, or Serie A are able to complete their season and the Premier League and Championship are not, which has been well received by fans of the Yorkshire club.
It has been two months since the delay to English football began and it does seem now that we are making progress toward its resumption.
The suggested end-of-season framework announced by the EFL yesterday means Leeds would be crowned champions of the second tier of English football if the division is curtailed but it is understood that the club remains determined to complete the season on the pitch.
In his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear emphasised the club’s stance and suggested it would be a “national embarrassment” if the Premier League and Championship could not be completed while other top European leagues were.
He said: “England had some of the finest sports scientists and football administrators in the game and the time has come for us as a sport to stop repeatedly framing the challenges and start delivering on the solution.
“It would be a national embarrassment if the Bundesliga, La Liga or Serie A were to be able to complete safely and the first and fifth biggest leagues in the world were not able to follow suit if the context remained comparable.
“The next challenges will be the specifics of returning to competitive play.”
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Kinnear’s claim has drawn some angry responses from fans of other English clubs but it seems to have been well received by the Elland Road faithful, many of whom took to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Everything to lose, nothing to gain by playing the season out, and yet thats what he wants and what most fans want. Leeds are a credit to the league, others are an embarrassment
— L33D5 4 3V3R 💛💙🤍 (@LeedsUnUnited) May 22, 2020
Agree . Playing dirty tricks to avoid being relegated is a bad look. Id rather play than go up on PPG but to reward clubs for failure and void the season is cowards way out
— Pete (@BadgeSmiley) May 22, 2020
He’s spot on, we’ve stayed quite and let other clubs do the talking. if other top leagues finish and we don’t it’s actually a big embarrassment as spain and Italy got hit just as hard as we did. so if our governing bodies can’t show the willingness to get this finished its wrong.
— Bob t (@Bobt55227852) May 22, 2020
Leeds should want PPG but are showing absolute class and wanting to do it the right way. So proud to be Leeds.
— Mark Taylor (@MarkTaylor1979) May 22, 2020
What a club, others should take note, Leeds don’t want the easy solution which would see them up without playing again, they want the fairest solution to the season.
— Jacob Wadsworth (@JacobWadsworth6) May 22, 2020
Well said Angus
— John paul jones (@Johnleeds77) May 22, 2020
Yes Angus! Into em!
— Tommy Ellam (@Ellam9) May 22, 2020
Angus ‘listen here’ Kinnear. Spot on fella…spot…on.
— Leodis74 (@leodis74) May 22, 2020