Leeds fans react on Twitter as Huddersfield under EFL investigation
By Matt Farr
Huddersfield are under investigation after they made wholesale changes to their side to face Birmingham on Saturday – and Leeds fans on Twitter were in support of their rivals.
The EFL confirmed on their official website on Tuesday that they had written to Huddersfield to request their observations in relation to their team selection for the 2-0 defeat to Birmingham at the weekend.
Manager David Wagner had elected to make as many as 10 changes to his starting eleven for the Championship clash, with Huddersfield having already booked their place in the play-offs.
However, in a surprise move, a number of Leeds fans – who are normally locking their horns with Huddersfield fans – jumped up in support of their rivals’ wholesale selection changes on social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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It's a squad game.he used squad players. Nothing wrong in want to see his best players for play offs and it gives squad players a chance.
— andrew walker (@andrewlufc17) May 2, 2017
Isn't this what your squad is for?
— Alan Swales (@swalesey_LUFC) May 2, 2017
Manager got a right to pick whoever he wants. Absolute joke
— George Lockwood ???????? (@geolockwood) May 2, 2017
@htafcdotcom charged with fielding a weakened team? what rubbish. You should be able to play any of your squad, and this from a leeds fan !!
— Woodhouse Hill (@markwright1967) May 2, 2017
— Graham Arrowsmith (@FinelyFettledUK) May 2, 2017
They have a squad – obviously being a #LUFC fan I'd prefer a 10 point deduction ???? but who in the EFL decides which of their squad is weak?
— Roobster (@roobster123) May 2, 2017
I'm a Leeds fan. I'll stick £5 towards any fine HTFC get hit with.
— Mike Bingo (@theMikeBingo) May 2, 2017
Hudds have their own concerns to worry about like playoffs. Why should they risk their best players in a match that means nothing to them?
— Sam/Fiend (@Berardied) May 2, 2017
The reasoning behind Wagner’s decision to make so many changes for the tie ultimately lies in regard to the upcoming play-off campaign.
Huddersfield are now likely to enter the play-offs having rested their star players, but while Wagner’s decision is understandable in the eyes of fans, the EFL do not share the same verdict.
The EFL are instead focused on the integrity of the Championship, with Birmingham’s precious win against a ‘weakened’ Huddersfield team allowing themselves to move two points clear of the relegation zone.