Kieran Maguire: Leeds finance issue 'out of control' as Radrizzani fury revealed
Leeds United risk the partial closure of Elland Road if they cannot bring ticket sales under their full control.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about recent comments by Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani.
The 46-year-old tweeted on 11 August that he was “very disappointed” to see a spike in illegal third-party ticket sales at Elland Road.
Touts have capitalised on increased demand by flogging matchday tickets at hugely inflated prices.
Leeds will play their first home game in front of a full-capacity home crowd in 18 months when they face Everton on Saturday.
And Maguire explains that they must maintain full control over who is admitted to the stadium or risk Covid-related financial repercussions.
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“It’s important to stay ahead of these things,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Radrizzani is fully aware that the football industry is under close scrutiny from the Government because they have been given the license to have full attendances.
“Part of the payback for that is that the clubs need to be carefully monitoring who is coming into the grounds.
“With these third parties selling tickets, the situation is out of control of the club. There is a potential danger from a Covid perspective.
“The Government could then turn around and say they are not happy and are going to reduce attendances to 50 per cent.
“So it could have substantial cash flow implications at Leeds United and other clubs where this goes on.”