Massimo Cellino suggests that Leeds United could struggle to sell season tickets next season.
Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has explained to The Yorkshire Evening Post his decision to limit tickets for away matches.
Cellino explained in a lengthy statement on the club’s official website on Friday that from on more more than 2000 away tickets will be up for sale for a Leeds game.
The Italian entrepreneur explained that he has done this in order to protest against the Football League's policy on televised matches.
Not many Leeds fans are happy about limiting the number of away tickets, but Cellino has explained that this is the only way the problem can be solved.
“The fans complain but a lot of people are complaining to us about Sky,” Cellino told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “I have no option, no other way. What else can I do to bring up the problem? We tried to speak to the Football League but they don’t even reply."
"It costs us money, it f***s up our list of games," added Cellino. "We can do nothing. We can’t say no. It is in the contract (between Sky and the Football League).
"Next season, why would people buy season tickets? Why, when the games change so much?”
Cellino’s issue is that too many of Leeds’ matches are being rescheduled, and that there are too many of the Whites’ games being shown live on television.
While one can understand his frustrations at the rescheduling of games, perhaps limiting the number of away tickets is not the best solution.
Leeds are one of the best supported clubs in entire England, and the team could find it harder to win games on the road if they do not have enough fans cheering them on.