Radrizzani fighting for Leeds justice; has solution to see season finish

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani is determined the football authorities find a way to conclude the 2019/20 season – with the Italian suggesting his own way in which the campaign can be finished.

The Whites were seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with just nine matches to play and looked a solid bet to end their 16-year absence from the Premier League after chalking up five straight wins.

However, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has resulted in all football being halted – and the mother of all debates over what best to do going forwards.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady perhaps lit the blue-touch paper and caused many a nerve to fray at Elland Road when she suggested the entire campaign should be written off, meaning Leeds’ – and Liverpool’s Premier League efforts – all counted for nothing.

Since then, a number of voices have also given their thoughts on the issue, with Gary Neville perhaps the most vocal about his insistence that the current campaign has to be concluded.

And clearly Radrizanni is a firm believer in seeing the season out after he spoke to Italian paper Tuttosport about his determination to fight for justice.

“We are fighting for the promotion worth more than £200million and it is also a very important thing for the club because we have been missing from the Premier League for 16 years,” he said in quotes translated by Sport Witness.

“For the last two years, we’ve done a superb job. We deserve success on the pitch: I hope that there will be a chance soon to finish the season.”


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Radrizzani on how to conclude the season

With nine games remaining, the Radrizzani has a solution on how best to finish this season and continued: “With a month and a half of time you can finish [the season], even less. There are nine games you could play in June or even behind closed doors on Sunday and Wednesday, as often happens,” the Leeds owner stressed.

“The priority is to guarantee and protect the sporting outcome in respect of the fans and the investments made.”

Tuttosport followed it by asking: ‘What can happen then? Season to be extended until the end of the year? To be closed in June or summer?’ 

Responding to that, Radrizzani said: “At a personal level these days I am not thinking about this situation I am connected with Italy and the rest of the world monitoring a huge world crisis, which has resulted in a shocking number of deaths, unfortunately destined to grow.

“Every other discourse takes second place: first we must return life to normal, respecting governments, health institutions and their needs.”

Leeds, meanwhile, are reported to be seeking transfer alternatives to Kiko Casilla, with an Atalanta keeper said to be in their sights.