Leeds fined for title celebrations at Derby


Leeds fined for title celebrations at Derby
FILE PHOTO: July 22, 2020 Leeds United players and manager Marcelo Bielsa celebrate winning the Championship and promotion to the Premier League. Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo

In Summary

  • Leeds United have been fined Sh2.8 million by the Football Association (FA) and received a warning about their future conduct for using pyrotechnic devices while celebrating their Championship triumph
  • Leeds defeated Derby County 3-1 at Pride Park on July 19 in their first game after being crowned champions of England's second-tier and celebrated by setting off coloured smoke pyrotechnics

Leeds United have been fined Sh2.8 million by the Football Association (FA) and received a warning about their future conduct for using pyrotechnic devices while celebrating their Championship triumph.

Leeds defeated Derby County 3-1 at Pride Park on July 19 in their first game after being crowned champions of England’s second-tier and celebrated by setting off coloured smoke pyrotechnics.

Leeds were charged in August and on Wednesday an FA spokesperson confirmed on Twitter that the club had breached Rule E20 by “failing to ensure players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”.

Leeds were initially fined Sh4.2 million but that was reduced due to the fact “no one was threatened or endangered by the conduct”, “no one was injured”, and there was “immediate admission and apology from the club”.

Leeds have the right to appeal the decision.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, face champions Liverpool on September 12 in their first game of the new season.

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