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Leeds expecting 'unique atmosphere' at Elland Road despite no Cardiff fans being present

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The away support rejected the ticket options given to them by Leeds.

Leeds United take on Cardiff City this afternoon, in a game which is often full of spice.

The two sets of fans have never truly seen eye to eye and the atmosphere at Elland Road should have been electric for a swashbuckling affair between two sides who have had similar seasons in the Championship.

Unfortunately, some of that edge may have been cut loose.

There will be a grand total of zero Cardiff fans at Elland Road for the fixture.

It comes after a week long protest from Cardiff fans from the tickets offered by Leeds for the game. Leeds offered Cardiff 1,000 tickets with an escorted travel system, which was swiftly rejected.

The next offer, of an unrestricted 500 was also rejected and therefore, no Cardiff fans will be present.

Cardiff City FC have backed the fans over the boycott, the BBC reporting the Welsh club's CEO Ken Choo as stating:

"It's extremely disappointing to have reached this conclusion.

"Our preference was for Cardiff City fans to be granted the same respect and freedom of travel as provided to over 2,000 Leeds supporters for the corresponding fixture this season. We are frustrated that this could not be permitted."

Cardiff also stated that Leeds refused them the right to screen the game at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The mess is nothing surprising considering the current state of affairs behind the scenes at Leeds, but their official club statement tried its best to sound excited about a game that will have no to-and-fro between rival supporters, stating:

"With no away supporters at Elland Road on Saturday the club are expecting a unique atmosphere, and would like to encourage as many Leeds United supporters to attend to support the team."

Unique? That is certainly one way of putting it.

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