Leeds United fans set up crowd funding page to reimburse Norwegian supporters

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The Leeds United v Middlesbrough re-arrangement caused difficulty for fans travelling from overseas.

Leeds United fans are attempting to raise £5,000 to reimburse Norwegian supporters left out of pocket by a fixture re-arrangement.

This Monday's 0-0 draw at Elland Road against Middlesbrough was originally scheduled for the Saturday beforehand, only to be moved for television coverage.

As a result, loyal Leeds supporters from Norway who had arranged flights and booked hotels in advance were left facing further costs if they were to continue with their plans to attend.

ITV reported in January that up to 95 supporters from the Scandinavian country had booked and bought tickets ahead of the re-arrangement.

Now a page has been set up to attempt to reimburse the fans by fellow supporters, asking each to chip in with a small amount.

The crowd funding Just Giving page is aiming to reach £5,000 to cover the costs, and after launching earlier today is already into triple figures in donations.

The message on the page states as it's mission statement: "Reimbursing a group of out of pocket Norwegian fans who couldn't rearrange their trip after Sky Sports changed the date with very little notice.

"The fans don't deserve to be out of pocket. Unlikely that either Sky Sports or the club will do the honorable thing and reimburse them. All the funds raised will be transferred directly to the Norweigen [sic] Leeds fans. Reimbursing the individuals who spent money on flights and hotels and didn't get to see the game."

The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed this week that Leeds were given the chance to re-arrange the match to an eaelt Saturday kick-off, but rejected this idea, resulting in the Monday night slot being allocated.

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