Passive Protest Planned

Last updated : 27 January 2004 By Kevin Markey
Some supporters are furious that the squad refused to take a deferral on their wages to keep the club afloat until the end of the season.

Flyers carrying a photo of Leeds legend Billy Bremner are being distributed in the city, asking fans to stay silent when the team runs out at Elland Road this Saturday.

John Boocock, chairman of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, says fans will be behind the protest.

He said: "There is unanimous condemnation in Leeds over the conduct of the players, who have now lost all respect in the eyes of the fans.

"The players have to realise they have blundered and are being badly advised by the PFA. They have certainly underestimated the strength of feeling among the fans who now say 'enough is enough'.

"The eyes of the country will be on Elland Road against Middlesbrough and the hope is that both the PFA and the players will see the damage this protest could potentially do and change their stance.

"The organisers have taken a leaf out of Gandhi's book because it is effectively a form of passive protest rather than an aggressive one.

"For that reason I expect most fans will join in and show their feelings."

The protest organisers want supporters to remain silent until kick-off and then get behind the club.

The flyer reads: "Make yourself heard at Elland Road today against Middlesbrough - join in our silent protest.

"From the moment the players run on to the pitch until the game kicks off we encourage you to make your feelings known by being absolutely silent.

"It's been years since anyone listened to the fans at Elland Road - so let's take our voices away.

"Once the game kicks off, get vocal and get behind the team. Let them know what 40,000 silent supporters sound like. We are Leeds."