LEEDS fans partied hard in the city centre celebrating the team’s promotion – but left behind masses of rubbish.
The streets were littered with empty beer bottles and food packaging which will cause a major headache to council workers to clear up.
Council workers had a tough job on their hands on Monday morning
Bins were overflowing with empty booze bottles after the weekend’s celebrations
Marcelo Bielsa has masterminded a return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 seasons.
Understandably jubilant fans congregated around Millennium Square in the city centre to toast their success – but left behind a mountain of trash.
Bins were overflowing with booze bottles as workers had their work cut out to get things back to normal as around 7,000 people joined the party.
Things got out of hand however, with SunSport reporting that a female police officer suffered a serious head injury as Leeds fans hurled bottles at cops.
Members of the public walk through what looks like a war zone
The council workers should be getting double time for their efforts
A man surveys the post-party streets in Leeds city centre
Some Leeds fans threw bottles at officers, who made nine arrests for public order offences.
The officer was rushed to hospital after being struck by a bottle during the attack, which left several other officers injured.
Fifteen members of the public where also injured during the disturbances, with police blaming “a small minority of people”.
Over the weekend fans danced on cars, lit flares and sprayed champagne on each other as they turned things up a notch.
Leeds fans partied in the streets after they sealed their return to the Premier League
Leeds United fans celebrated after winning the Sky Bet Championship title at Millennium Square
Flares and plenty of drinking came with the celebrations
Up to 7,000 fans packed into the city centre to party hard
Police moved to protect vehicles around the stadium after at least four were damaged while five supporters were arrested for public order and driving offences.
Others let off fireworks as they cheered on the players, who had gathered inside the stadium to watch the game between Huddersfield and West Brom on Friday night that saw them clinch promotion.
The scenes mirrored those in Liverpool when The Reds won the Premier League last month.
Huge mountains of rubbish and beer cans and bottles were also left outside the stadium which is just south of the city centre.
Leeds fans partied hard as the side finally made it back to the Premier League
Social distancing signs stand near to where there wasn’t any social distancing happening over the weekend
It really was a team effort to clear up mountains of rubbish in Leeds
Bbut some fans returned to Elland Road at 6am on Saturday to help clean up the mess.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, who celebrated by performing elbow bumps with fans at his home in nearby Wetherby, has had a street named after him.
The street linking Trinity Leeds shopping centre to Commercial Street in the city centre will be renamed Marcelo Biesla Way in his honour.
The team’s promotion to the Premier League was confirmed on Friday night after Huddersfield beat West Brom.
They were then crowned champions when Brentford lost away at Stoke City on Saturday – which led to more ecstatic celebrations.
The Yorkshire side went and added further gloss to their title triumph by easily beating Derby 3-1 away on Sunday.
Former Manchester United favourite Wayne Rooney and his Derby team-mates had to give the new champs a guard of honour at the start of the game.
Derby are of course the team involved in the notorious “Spygate” saga where Bielsa admitted sending a member of staff to spy on the Rams in a training session.
The club were fined £200,000 for the scandal.
Leeds fans enjoyed a weekend of drinking and partying in the city centre
Millenium Square in Leeds is undergoing a big clean-up operation
Leeds players got their own party started after beating Derby 3-1
Marcelo Bielsa refused to let up and guided Leeds to another win at the weekend
By: John Hutchinson
Title: Leeds city centre left a mess with empty cans and bottles of booze all over ground after huge promotion party
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Published Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:50:02 +0000