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Berardi: United targeting Championship play offs

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi says the team can achieve a top six finish in the Championship this season, provided they work as hard as they have done during their pre-season training camp in Austria.

The left back made 22 appearances as United avoided relegation during a difficult season.

Now, under German manager Uwe Rosler, Berardi told Chris Dawkes he is confident the team can improve on last year's finish:

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Rosler: Cellino and I are getting on very well

Leeds United Head Coach, Uwe Rosler says he is getting on "very well" with owner, Massimo Cellino.

The German's comments will come as good news to Whites fans, following a turbulent start to their pre-season preparations.

Rosler, who is the fifth coach to take charge of the club under Cellino, is currently overseeing his team's training camp in Kossen, 75km south-west of Salzburg:

Report: Crowd violence mars Leeds United friendly

Austrian Police are investigating following crowd violence at the end of a Leeds United pre-season friendly. 25 fans - including three from Leeds - were arrested, and five people were injured.

Salzburg Police say the problems actually began when some fans of Leeds' opponents Frankfurt , on the way to the ground, refused to pay bus fares and stormed security at the stadium.

After the game, trouble flared again when Leeds fans went on to the pitch to meet the players - and then, according to Austrian police, were attacked by German rivals. Chris Dawkes, who is following the pre-season tour, sends this exclusive report:

Salzburg police statement: Police use pepper spray to end brawl which injured three Leeds United fans and two police officers

Police in Salzburg say 25 people have been arrested after violence at a friendly game last night.

Fans, some wearing balaclavas, clash after Leeds Utd friendly

A statement says problems began when Frankfurt fans refused to pay bus fare and then stormed security at stadium.

Key points from the Salzburg police statement are below:

  • Three Leeds fans and two police officers were injured during the fight with Frankfurt fans, in which 17 Frankfurt fans were arrested. In total, police made 25 arrests in relation to events at the game. Around 1,100 fans were present at the match.
  • Problems began before the game in the city of Salzburg, when a public bus was was blocked because around 50 Frankfurt fans refused to pay the fare to Eugendorf.
  • When these Frankfurt fans arrived on foot at the stadium, they stormed the entry controls and became violent towards the security personnel. Officers intervened immediately and four fans, who had initiated the fighting, were arrested. Two security officers were injured.
  • A short time later a Leeds fan was arrested after throwing a seat at security. Frankfurt fans tried to retaliate, but were prevented by the rapid action taken by the police. Flares were fired several times during the game - it is not known which fans were involved with this.
  • Leeds fans went onto the field at the end of the game and moved towards the area of the Frankfurt fans. The situation escalated quickly and there was an attack on the Leeds fans. Officers were immediately able to end this.
  • Outside the stadium Leeds fans were again attacked by the Frankfurt fans. The fight moved to the centre of Eugendorf, where police had to use pepper spray to end the brawl.

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Austrian papers report on violence at friendly

Daily newspapers in Austria are reporting on trouble at last night's friendly between Leeds United and Eintracht Frankfurt saying, "friendly match in Eugendorf ends with brutal fights".

The Salzburg newspaper

Meanwhile, Austria's biggest newspaper, Krone, has reported that local police were warned (article in German) of the potential for a number of Frankfurt's "Ultras" attending the game.

Uwe Rosler discusses Billy Sharpe and Steve Morison after Frankfurt defeat

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler refused to comment on speculation surrounding the future of striker Billy Sharpe after yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rosler was, however, pleased with the display of Leeds goalscorer Steve Morison adding that he has a role to play for the Elland Road club.

Video highlights: Leeds United 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Leeds United 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in a pre-season friendly between the sides in Austria.

The match was marred by violence between the fans after the final whistle.

Leeds took the lead through Steve Morison in the 26th minute. Johannes Flum equalised for Frankfurt in the second half - who then scored the winning goal with 15 minutes to go through Stefan Reinartz.

Crowd trouble mars Leeds United friendly in Austria

Police have reportedly made around 20 arrests after violence flared between Leeds United and German football fans at the end of a pre season friendly match in Austria.

Riot squad officers armed with pepper spray were drafted in as dozens of rival Leeds and Eintracht Frankfurt supporters clashed.

There are unconfirmed reports that two fans have been injured.

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