Leeds to probe 'issues' raised by fans ahead of Newcastle United victory at Elland Road

Leeds United have confirmed they are investigating safety concerns raised by Newcastle United fans following the weekend’s Premier League tie

By James Harrison
Monday, 24th January 2022, 2:59 pm

The two sides met at Elland Road on Saturday, with the visitors returning to the North East with a vital three points courtesy of a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick in the second half.

But while Toon fans might have been smiling on the way home, some say they had a less happy experience attempting to get inside the Yorkshire ground in time for kick-off.

Following the match, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) posted an appeal on social media for anyone who witnessed “problems getting into the away end” to get in touch.

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Since then, both Leeds United and West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they are probing events on Saturday afternoon.

A club spokesman said: “The club acknowledges the complaints raised by some Newcastle United supporters regarding issues experienced entering Elland Road on Saturday.

“Leeds United will now work with the Newcastle United Supporters Trust, West Yorkshire Police and our own safety team to review the issues raised and ensure we continue to provide a safe environment for everyone attending our stadium.

Newcastle United's Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka leads the Newcastle players out for the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on January 22, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“We will not make any further comment until a review is complete.”

A spokesman for the force added: “We are aware of issues at the Leeds United v Newcastle United game at Elland Road on Saturday that resulted in congestion at the entrance points for away fans.

“We are currently liaising with the club to review the circumstances.”

Following the online appeal for information, the Leeds United Supporters' Trust also pledged its own support in probing the incident.

Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United is challenged by Luke Ayling of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“It’s good that Leeds want fans to be involved [in the process],” said an NUST spokesman.

“Taking the fans’ thoughts on board is really important, it’s not taking away from the seriousness of the situation and it’s good that they want to rectify anything that went wrong.”

The Magpies’ away win in Yorkshire is just the team’s second victory so far this season.

And while the visitors’ performance led home manager Marcelo Bielsa fuming over “time wasting”, it prompted former Premier League legend Alan Shearer to tip new signing Kieran Trippier as a future captain.

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