Andrea Radrizzani is the most popular owner at Leeds in a long time, that is clear. He has already bought back the stadium and invested some big money in the squad, academy and scouting system. Today it was confirmed he would allow Newport County of League 2 their share of the gates rather than take it for ourselves.
Newport were drawn as the home side in the fixture but it was never to be played in South Wales. The League 2 side are relaying their pitch (if you watch the Football On 5 you will know why) and they were given permission to play their tie away from home. They drew Leeds United so the fixture was moved to Elland Road, saving a long midweek trip for many Leeds fans. Leeds are then obviously entitled to compensation which would significantly reduce the 45% of revenue that Newport were entitled too.
However Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani has stepped up his reputation the English game by refusing the compensation and allowing Newport, a club who will benefit hugely from the gates to receive their original 45%. The move hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans of both clubs, Newport County and the media. Operational chairman of Newport County Gavin Foxall said this on the matter, “On behalf of everyone at Newport County AFC I would like to thank the Chair of Leeds United Andrea Radrizzani for graciously showing his and Leeds United’s goodwill in allowing us to keep our percentage of the gate. It is a wonderful gesture and much appreciated.”