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Leeds hold open-top bus celebration after winning Championship

By Simon Webster 24 July 2020


Around 10,000 Leeds United fans defyied calls to respect COVID-19 distancing guidelines when they turned out to celebrate their side winning England’s second-tier Championship and promotion back into the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

The fans descended on their Elland Road stadium and video showed Leeds players in an open-top double-decker bus, surrounded by a swarming mass of chanting fans enveloped in smoke from flares and fireworks.

Leeds defended the bus stunt, saying it was a contingency plan in case, as expected, fans defied calls to stay away.

Already-promoted Leeds had earlier beaten Charlton Athletic 4-0 to send the Londoners down to the third tier — just one of the issues resolved on a night in which 45 goals were scored in 12 fixtures, all played behind closed doors.

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