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Promoting coronavirus infection? Leeds United fans celebrate elevation to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years

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Thousands of fans were out celebrating in Millennium Square, Leeds, after club beat Derby County 3-1.One fan broke his leg after falling from a lamppost as crowds ignored social distancing during the celebration. Crowds were packed together as supporters drank, danced and sang, two days after securing promotion.The Yorkshire club’s owner Andrea Radrizzani has urged fans to celebrate safely by staying at home for now.

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Leeds United fans celebrate elevation to the Premier League

Thousands of Leeds United fans packed into the city centre this afternoon, leaving little room for social distancing as they celebrated promotion to the Premier League after a 16 year absence.

West Yorkshire Police was forced to arrest some fans as supporters packed close together, chanting songs and letting off flares in Millennium Square, following a 3-1 win over Derby County.

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The crowd gathered just a short walk from Leeds General Infirmary, where NHS staff have been battling the coronavirus pandemic for months. 

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Fans descended on the city centre after heading to Elland Road, the club’s home ground, yesterday to celebrate promotion.

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Footage from the city shows supporters ignoring one-metre distancing rules as they drink from cans and lift one another up, letting off blue and yellow flares.  

Leeds-born IBF featherweight boxing champion Josh Warrington was also spotted among the crowd of fans.

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