Leeds United to hold vote on new centenary badge design

Leeds have announced they will be releasing a new badge after fans reacted with dismay to a design which had been revealed to mark the club’s centenary.

The crest, which the club said celebrated “fans at the heart of our identity”, depicted a supporter doing the ‘Leeds salute’, only for thousands of supporters to sign a petition calling for it to be scrapped.

Leeds have confirmed in a statement on the club’s official website that a new crest, voted on by supporters, will be introduced on the shirt for the 2019/2020 centenary campaign.

The statement read: “Due to the volume of ideas and designs submitted by fans and their focus around celebrating our 100-year anniversary, we can confirm that we will now be introducing a new club crest on the shirt for the 2019/2020 centenary season and beyond.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all fans for the inspiration they have provided which, following further consultation with supporters’ groups, will form the basis of a democratic vote later this year.

“We look forward to our loyal and passionate fans selecting a crest that will proudly herald in the next 100 years.”

Leeds had already promised a rethink following the largely negative reception from supporters when their new crest design had been made public at the end of January.

Fans and players often put their right fist over their heart as a sign of their support for the Yorkshire club but, despite a six-month process during which the Sky Bet Championship club says they consulted 10,000 people, the reaction from supporters to the final result was not positive.

A petition on change.org entitled ‘Stop LUFC from Implementing the Leeds Salute Crest’, was swiftly set up – and within hours thousands of disgruntled fans had signed it, with the current tally close to 78,000.