Noel Whelan has backed Leeds United to work closely with the police and supporters to ensure that their games are not moved to neutral venues this season.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has blasted the proposal of moving the Whites’ games “pathetic”.
Writing in his programme notes for the Yorkshire Evening Post, chief executive Angus Kinnear revealed that West Yorkshire Police have given their backing for all of Leeds’ home games to be played at Elland Road when the season resumes.
The Telegraph report that the Whites’ game against Derby had been identified as ‘high risk’ by officials and that a proposal for the match to be played in Southampton had been put forward.
Whelan has shot down the suggestion that any fixtures should be moved, suggesting that the EFL needs to put faith in clubs, fans and the police to ensure matches can go ahead safely.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think if you’re going to start the season and a lot of games are at Elland Road, then every game should be at Elland Road.
“I think this is pathetic, to go further than you need to go, to Southampton, to play football matches when you’ve got the police on your doorstep.
“The actual police station, their main headquarters, is literally right outside Elland Road so they couldn’t be in a better position for the policing to make it safe and keep fans away, they really couldn’t. It’s a stone’s throw.
“I think the EFL need to think about things properly, put the trust in the clubs and the policing that is available that they’re going to do their job properly.
“I’m sure the fans will know as well and the majority, I’m sure, won’t jeopardise any of this season and Leeds United’s good work by going down there and linger around when there’s no point.”
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