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Cardiff stage protest against Leeds United surrounding ticket allocation at Elland Road

Cardiff City have returned their allocation of tickets to Leeds United.

Leeds United face Cardiff City at Elland Road this weekend, but there will be no Bluebirds fans at the game after a protest was confirmed on the Cardiff City official website.

The two sides, who sit 14th and 13th respectively in the Championship table, are set to meet on Saturday afternoon as the season draws to and end.

Yet remarkably, the game will be played in front of no away supporters after Cardiff reacted angrily to Leeds' allocation of just 500 tickets for the game.

Cardiff City have now confirmed on their official website that they have not only returned all 500 tickets to Leeds, but also asked for permission to beam the game back at the Cardiff City Stadium for supporters to watch in South Wales - a request which Leeds have denied.

Cardiff believe that their fans should have been given freedom to travel up to West Yorkshire considering that they handed 2000 unrestricted tickets to Leeds fans for the corresponding fixture back in November, but Leeds are seemingly unwilling to budge, with West Yorkshire Police allegedly holding concerns over safety.

Cardiff Chief Executive Ken Choo told the club's official website; "It’s extremely disappointing to have reached this conclusion, but having listened to collective views and in knowledge of the positive record and reputation Cardiff City fans have built at away fixtures in recent years, we have no option but to return the low number of unrestricted tickets on offer out of respect for our supporters."

It's a quite bizarre situation, and one which means Leeds will now be playing in front of an entirely home crowd on Saturday afternoon - something which Neil Redfearn and his players may in fact be relishing as they look to secure a top half finish in the Championship this season.

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