‘Shocking Newcastle scenes not surprising’: Leeds United fan says Elland Road needs ‘safety shake up’

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A Leeds United fan has explained that Saturday’s incident was not the first time such scenes have been seen at Elland Road

A Leeds United fan has told NewcastleWorld that they are 'not surprised at the shocking scenes' reported by Newcastle United fans at Elland Road on Saturday.

An investigation into the melee that took place outside of the away end's turnstiles has been launched by both Leeds United and West Yorkshire Police.

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Newcastle fans have told shocking stories of stewards laughing in the faces of distressed fans and having to crawl under another steward's arms to gain entry to the stadium.

Now, NewcastleWorld hears from a Leeds United fan who believes a 'safety shake up' is needed at his home ground.

He said: "As a Leeds supporter who sits close to away fans, and enters and exits the stadium next to them, I have to say I am not at all surprised at the shocking scenes at the weekend.

"At the opening game of the season, the club had ALL the home fans from both the West and North stands exiting through one gate behind the North stand.

"The crush was quite frightening.

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"The following game the stewards closed the door and stopped several hundred of us from leaving the stadium itself for about 10 minutes until away fans left.

"One steward was extremely aggressive towards us.

"As things got tight we eventually pushed past them.

"Quite frankly, stewarding and health and safety need shaking up at Elland Road.

"Thank goodness nobody was killed at the weekend."

A Leeds United statement read: “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 NUST, 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. We will not make any further comment until a review is complete.”

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The West Yorkshire Police said: “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.”

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