All matches to be played behind closed doors?
12 Mar 2020 08:26 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning, it's Thursday 12th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
All football matches to be played behind closed doors?
All football matches in England may have to be played behind closed doors as early as this weekend. The Times (so it must be true) have revealed that the government’s Cobra committee are meeting this morning to discuss triggering the move as soon as the number of UK cases reach 500. Currently there are 460 confirmed cases.
It is expected that the current season will not be postponed and instead matches will be moved behind closed doors. Season ticket holders and ticket holders will be able to stream the games live and watch them at home. Clubs will have the option to sell the stream to fans. Currently, under EFL rules, Leeds are only allowed to sell the streaming rights abroad. Pubs will not be allowed to show the games to discourage crowds meeting up to watch the games.
Whelan - Berardi needs to move on
Ex Leeds Utd forward, now Soccer pundit Noel Whelan has urged Berardi to seek pastures new at the end of the season when his current deal comes to an end. The 31 year old former Swiss International has filled in 11 times this term in various positions. His no nonsense tackling and steely determination has made his a fans favourite since his arrival six years ago. Whelan believes that Berardi deserves first team football, which he will not get if he stays at Elland Road.
It is really difficult because we will need a different class of player, no disrespect to Gaetano, but we will need something more. At the back end of your career, you want to play as much football as possible because your career is short and you do not want to spend it sitting on the bench. You want to contribute more often than one game every two months. If he is happy doing that then fine, but if it was me I would want to move on. Help Leeds get to the Premier League but then finish your career playing as much as you can.
Leeds set to snap up highly rated Schoolboy Ashley Akpan
Chelsea youngster Ashley Akpan is set to leave the club after not being awarded a Scholarship with the West London club. A number of Premiership and Championships are known to be monitoring the situation closely. Leeds are the favourites to sign the free agent having already set up a trial next week to bring the Polish Youth International to Elland Road. Akpan, who turns 16 next month is predominantly a defender also has the versability to play in midfield.