Leeds fans react to Liverpool U-turn, call for action against Cellino

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Liverpool fans forced their owners to back down over ticket prices - Can Leeds fans convince Massimo Cellino to listen to their frustrations?

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino was forced to backtrack yesterday regarding comments made about the recent 'pie tax'.

The club introduced a compulsory ticket price increase earlier this season, with the caveat being that as part of the ticket fans are entitled to a 'free' pie, whether they want one or not.

The introduction of the charges in early December prompted a small scale walkout at Elland Road in the match against Hull City, but if it was noticed by Cellino, he did not acknowledge it.

A larger protest at Premier League side Liverpool at the weekend has had more success. Supporters made their feelings clear at the weekend about the cost of tickets rising to £77 per game, by walking out of Anfield in the 77th minute against Sunderland in their Premier League clash.

Liverpool owners FSG have since apologised to fans, issuing a statement on the club's official website containing the words: "We got it wrong." They added that they received the message, and have implemented a price freeze, with the highest priced ticket remaining at £59.

Now there is a chance the actions of Reds supporters will inspire action around the country, and Leeds is one such possibility.

Frustrations remains directed at Massimo Cellino, who is into the third year of his reign at the club, with absolutely no progress on the pitch in terms of results to show for it, while key players have been sold.

He was forced into a denial yesterday over comments made about the 'pie tax' that he introduced it to hit back at Leeds fans who had voiced anger against him, claiming the words reported in the Italian press were simply a joke.

For supporters it is no laughing matter, and upon hearing of the success Liverpool have had in forcing their owner to take action, there are growing calls for a renewed protest against the Italian owner.

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