Police urge Leeds United fans to celebrate at home as the club prepares to lift the Championship trophy

The White's promotion to the Premier League after a 16-year exile was confirmed on Friday night Credit: PA

Police are urging Leeds United fans to stay away from Elland Road tonight (22 July), as the club prepares to lift the Championship trophy after the last game of the season.

The warning comes after a police officer was seriously injured at the weekend, when thousands of people gathered to celebrate Leeds United winning the Championship.

Millennium Square was also left strewn with discarded rubbish and broken glass, leading to a large-scale clear-up operation on Monday (20 July) morning.

Today, fans are being urged by West Yorkshire Police to ''celebrate in their own homes'', with strong reminders that Covid-19 is still a risk and ''large gatherings are still not permitted.''

Superintendent Chris Bowen, of Leeds District Police, said: “We continue to remind and urge fans to bear in mind their own safety and wellbeing, as well as that of others. It’s important to remember that Covid 19 is still with us and large gatherings are still not permitted.

“People should continue to check and follow the latest Government guidance for their own protection. The safety of fans and the wider public is our primary concern and the safest way that people can celebrate is in their own homes.”

Leeds United supporters celebrate their promotion to the English Premier League in the city's Millennium Square at the weekend Credit: PA

Leeds City Council have also taken to social media to ask Leeds United fans to stay at home and avoid large crowd gatherings.

In a series of linked Tweets they said: ''Like all Leeds United fans, we are so proud that the club is back in the Premier League. We know how important it is, not just for fans, but for everyone associated with the city, and it’s understandable fans are very keen to celebrate this wonderful achievement.''

''Ahead of tonight’s match, we are however asking that people please don’t repeat what we’ve seen in terms of large crowd gatherings at Elland Road and Millennium Square in recent days, or at any other venue in Leeds.''

''This is extremely important as we continue to tackle coronavirus, and take all the steps that are necessary to protect people’s health and wellbeing, and that of others. This must remain our priority for everyone in the city, and we thank you for your support on this.''

Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has also called on fans to ''watch the trophy lift at home''.

He said: ''This is a momentous occasion and one that we’ve dreamt of for 16 long years. But we must consider the health of people in our community before we celebrate - the fight against Covid-19 is not over yet.''

''We appreciate the support of fans, as always, and it is heart-breaking that we can’t encourage the kind of scenes we all know we should seeing be under different circumstances. However, people must consider the negative impact coming out could have on others.''

''The trophy lift will be live on our social channels and Sky Sports News for fans to see and I promise that when the time is right, we will celebrate in style.''

The White's promotion to the Premier League after a 16-year exile was confirmed on Friday night (17 July), when West Brom lost 2-1 to Huddersfield.

They were then crowned champions on Saturday afternoon (18 July), as Brentford's 1-0 defeat to Stoke ruled them out of the running.

Football finance experts claim that promotion to the top flight could be worth around £200m to the club.

Leeds United fans celebrate outside Elland Road Credit: PA