Steve Evans has sympathy for Leeds fans, but the club actually need to scrap the pie tax for everyone's sake

Elland Road pitchside

Disgruntled United supporters are planning to protest during Saturday's game with Hull City following the introduction of a pie tax.

Steve Evans has seemingly admitted that he has sympathy for disgruntled Leeds United supporters - after the introduction of the pie tax at Elland Road - but urged them to get behind the team, rather than take part in the planned protest during the upcoming game with Hull City, the Yorkshire Post report.

However, the best thing for everyone - including the club - is for the pie tax to be abolished. 

The club have angered many supporters by introducing an additional £5 charge on adult tickets in the South Stand for the visit of Steve Bruce's side, which can used in exchange for refreshments.

However, the decision taken by the club has seen sections of the fans plan a 17 minute walk-out starting in the 17th minute - due to president Massimo Cellino's superstition regarding that particular number. Evans hinted that he sympathised with the fans as he outlined what he would do if he was ever in charge of deciding ticket prices.

"If I did get involved and we were in the Premier League I'd let [the supporters] in for nothing because there's enough money in the game," he said.

Despite his understanding of fans' frustrations, Evans has urged the supporters that taking part in the protest will have a negative impact on the pitch as Leeds try to get a result against the promotion-chasers.

"Collectively you can be successful against Hull. Separately, divided, you don't have a chance. We don't want Hull City to arrive at Elland Road believing there's already a chance that they're in front mentally in the game," he added.

While rising ticket prices seem an unavoidable part of the modern game, the idea that some fans are set to be charged extra - regardless of whether they can earn some of their money back with food - to watch a side that have secured just one win at home all season, and introduce it ahead of a game where Leeds are considerable underdogs, seems extremely unfair.

While it is undoubtedly harsh on the supporters to ask them pay extra, it is also building an unnecessary level of pressure on the players.

Should the team now be unable to deliver on the pitch, the understandable discontent will become an even bigger concern, and may result in alienated fans deciding to stay away, leaving the team to fend for themselves, and leaving the owners counting the cost of empty stands. 

The best thing Massimo Cellino can do now regarding this issue is reverse his decision on increasing ticket prices, and hope that Leeds fans are willing to forget. 

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