By Russell Edge

28th Feb, 2018 | 2:45pm

Journalist reveals real threat of Leeds clash v Middlebrough after 'tinpot' claim from fan

Leeds United’s Championship clash away at Middlesbrough is under threat because of the threat the weather conditions cause to the surrounding area rather than the Riverside pitch itself, according to a journalist.
In responding to a Leeds supporter accusing Boro of being a “tinpot” side after the north east side released a statement hinting at the possible cancellation of Friday’s game, The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay responded on his personal Twitter account stating that the real issue would be dangerous conditions around the ground, such as roads, which could see the fixture postponed.

Hay insists that the 34,000-seat Riverside stadium would have undersoil heating to protect to surface from the freezing conditions, which has seen widespread snowfall and freezing conditions across the UK, although the east of the country has been the most affected, and Boro’s groundsman posted an update confirming it would be a difficulty to get the pitch ready for Friday’s clash.
With the conditions forecast to remain as they are, or even potentially get worse, there will be concern for the safety of supporters getting to and from the ground, and that could well see the match, which is set to be screened live on Sky Sports, rescheduled as a result, although it is stated work is ongoing to ensure that is not the case..
Scotland has already seen all of the Premiership matches scheduled for Wednesday called off, including Celtic’s home clash against Dundee.
In other Leeds United news, Eunan O’Kane has voiced his anger after revealing Paul Heckingbottom’s tactics.

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