'Many clubs will follow suit' - Exclusive: Phillips drools over 'Great' Leeds announcement
Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Leeds United for their decision to refund season ticket holders that will not be able to attend matches due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, now expects other Premier League and Championship clubs to follow suit, much like the furlough scheme.
The club released an official statement last week reassuring season ticket holders that refund and club credit options were being worked upon.
The UK government announced that professional sport can return from 1 June but only without fans and the Premier League and Championship are both preparing for mid-June returns behind-closed-doors.
The furlough scheme was introduced by the government to help employers and employees during the pandemic but clubs faced criticism when they decided to use the scheme – leading to reversals in the cases of Liverpool and Tottenham.
Phillips suggested other clubs will feel morally obligated to follow the example set by Leeds United in refunding or crediting fans.
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“I would think that clubs will follow suit,” he told Football Insider.
“It mirrors the furlough. When clubs did not furlough other clubs changed their decision and did not furlough their staff – Tottenham for example.
“It is a great goodwill gesture to the supporters from Leeds.
“Having watched the Bundesliga last weekend you can see how important the supporters are to football. Anything to give them a little reward.
“I imagine many clubs, if not all clubs, will follow suit.”
The Championship is aiming to restart behind-closed-doors from 12 June with players to return to training in small groups from 25 May.
It remains a strong possibility that the 2020/21 campaign will have to also be played without fans due to health concerns surrounding large crowds of people.
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