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Leeds United pay tribute to murdered fans

Leeds United paid tribute to lifelong fans Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight at Elland Road today.

Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight

The pair were murdered in Istanbul 15 years ago tomorrow - ahead of the club's 2000 UEFA Cup semi-final against Galatasaray.

A one minute's silence was held before the match against Blackburn Rovers - which Leeds lost, three nil.

Red Bull 'in talks' to buy Leeds United

There are reports in the media today that soft drinks company Red Bull have made a bid to buy Leeds United for £60m.

Red Bull, which owns three clubs in Germany, Austria and the USA, has been linked with a takeover of the club for the past six months.

It comes after Leeds United's assistant coach Steve Thompson was suspended from his duties at the club on Thursday April 2.


Leeds striker Antenucci speaks out about contract situation

It has emerged that Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci will get a new deal if he reaches 12 goals this season with some reports suggesting Neil Redfearn has been told not to select the Italian, who currently has 10 strikes to his name.

Mirco Antenucci Credit: Press Association

Antenucci had scored eight by December 6 but found himself out of form and the team in the new year before scoring in two of his last three games from the bench.

The player himself tweeted on Thursday night: "I don't know what's going on around me. It all seems unreal. I've tried to do my best for the club always.

"My job is to score for leeds. I am in the middle of this situation that I don't know the truth."

Antenucci's agent, Silvio Pagliari, later released a statement confirming his player's contract clause but said the decision not to pick him was Redfearn's alone.

I've known Nicola Salerno for years and he has assured me that it isn't absolutely true that this is the reason why he isn't playing and that the reasons are exclusively technical. It is very strange that in the last two months the best scorer of the club and the only player to reach the double figures has played very little. Mirco is going to continue, as a big professional player, to give the best of himself for Leeds United AFC, as he has ever done, and to accept the choices of the head coach, who I hope will change his ideas about Mirco's involvement in the remainder of the Championship season.

– Silvio Pagliari, Mirco Antenucci's management


Leeds fans announce fundraising scheme

A Leeds fan organisation looking to purchase a 25% stake in the club has launched the first of its fundraising initiatives.

Credit: Press Association

Leeds Fans LLP has been gathering the details of interested supporters since its formation earlier this year, and from 7 April, supporters will be able to invest from anywhere between £100 and £10,000 into a community benefit society (CBS).

Phase two of the plan - to be launched later in April - will cater for supporters wishing to donate larger amounts with the final phase being a foundation which will allow companies and philanthropists to get on board.

Leeds Fans LLP has had some high-profile backing since its formation, with a number of the Elland Road club's former players voicing their support, while last month Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe - a lifelong Leeds supporter - offered them advice on how supporters can run a club, drawing on his experience with Australian rugby league side South Sydney.

The group has also looked closely at supporter involvement at other clubs, notably at Rangers, and is now hoping Leeds supporters will back its plans.

We want to get the largest number of fans on board and make this the biggest fan fundraiser ever seen in the UK.

We know how often Leeds fans have been let down and we think this will be the last chance for us to have a proper voice at Leeds United Football Club and the last chance to work together to return our club to the glory days.

– Dylan Thwaites, Leeds Fans LLP

Leeds fans target fan representation on board 'as early as pre-season'

Leeds United fans fundraise for tribute pictures in memory of murdered supporters

A group of football fans are hoping to raise £1,500 to pay for the printing of thousands of pictures of murdered Leeds United supporters Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight to be handed out at this Saturday's home game against Blackburn Rovers.

Tributes at Elland Road to the two Leeds fans who died in Istanbul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The match is on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the fatal stabbing of the two men before the UEFA Cup semi final in Istanbul. It is hoped that fans will hold up the photos as a tribute.

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