'Frustrated' Leeds United pre-season warning sums up training camp blow in Germany

Leeds United have asked fans to stay away from their pre-season camp in Germany next month
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Supporters have been asked by Leeds United to stay away from their pre-season camp in Germany next month with police on leave after Euro 2024. The Whites will travel to Daniel Farke’s homeland in July for training and friendlies before the new season, but their warm-up games will be played behind closed doors.

The major tournament has taken over Germany for the month between June 14 and July 14. Owing to the vast resources required to police such an event, Leeds have been told by the authorities their friendlies must be played behind closed doors.

United will travel over after the tournament, when police will start to take holidays, leaving resources too scarce to marshal their friendlies. The Whites insist they are as frustrated as fans will be with this news and unsuccessfully tried to overturn the decision since it came to light.

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A club statement said: “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the control of the club, we have recently been informed any friendly matches played in Germany have been ordered to take place behind closed doors. We understand supporters will be frustrated at this news, as we are equally as a club.

“We have explored all possible avenues, however, it has not been possible to overturn this decision. As always, we would like to thank you for your commitment and dedication, but in light of the above, we kindly ask supporters expecting to see Leeds United in pre-season training or matches, not to travel to Germany.”

Games in Germany could yet be streamed online for fans to watch, but, the only opportunities to now watch Leeds in person this summer, will be at Harrogate Town and at home to Valencia. Those friendlies take place on July 19 and August 3.