Exclusive: Noel Whelan delivers instant reaction as Leeds respond to EFL suspension
Noel Whelan has thrown his full support behind the suspension of Championship matches even though he admitted it was “disappointing” for Leeds United.
The English Football League agreed at a meeting this morning to suspend all matches until at least 3 April with immediate effect.
Leeds immediately put out a statement on their official Twitter account confirming they would play no games for three weeks.
📰 The FA, Premier League, and EFL have collectively agreed to postpone games until 3 April
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 13, 2020
It means Leeds’ matches against Cardiff City on Sunday, Fulham next Wednesday and Luton Town on Saturday week have all been postponed.
“Realistically now, when you look at everyone else across Europe and they’re suspending the football for two weeks at least, I think this is sensible,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“We’re in a situation now where you’re seeing people contracting the virus at top clubs. You’ve got to follow suit and protect the players and fans.
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“I think it would selfish, it would be a little bit silly, if they didn’t postpone the games now.
“For Leeds, obviously it would be disappointing because we’ve got a little bit of momentum going, but it doesn’t mean the end of the season. It just means precautionary measures have to be taken, and they have to be taken now.”
The temporary shelving of matches comes at a time when Leeds top the Championship with nine matches of the campaign remaining.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have built up momentum after a run of five consecutive wins and they are hot favourites to secure automatic promotion.
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