Massimo Cellino: Leeds will limit tickets for away matches

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino
Massimo Cellino is the majority shareholder and chairman of Leeds United

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino says the club will limit ticket sales to their Championship away games to protest against the Football League's policy on televised matches.

Cellino has called on the Football League to limit how often a club can be shown live on television each season.

Leeds feature in 10 televised matches between August and January.

"Some clubs are on television 20 times, some two times, and that is not fair," he told LUTV.

"Let's do the fair thing for our association of 24 clubs, with four games each."

Football League rules state that clubs must provide 2,000 tickets to their fans for away matches, and Cellino, 59, says Leeds will now provide only the minimum league requirements.

The Italian says the club loses money on ticket sales and other revenue each time they are shown live on television, and has called on supporters to back his stance.

"We understand that this means a number of fans will now be unable to attend certain away games, but this is the sacrifice needed to make the Football League take notice - we have to vote with our feet," he continued.

Leeds regularly sell out their ticket allocation for away matches, with an average of 2,593 travelling last season - the highest in the Football League.

The Leeds United Supporters' Trust has already called on Cellino, who was the owner of Italian club Cagliari for 22 years between 1992 and 2014, to reconsider his decision.

"We fail to see how limiting our allocation at away games assists this," a Trust statement read.

"If anything, a large away following making the point live on TV would be 100 times more effective than restricting numbers."

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4Birmingham116321811721
5Burnley116321611521
6Hull11542148619
7Derby10451127517
8Cardiff114521411317
9Sheff Wed114431615116
10Ipswich114431517-216
11Wolves104331511415
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