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31 March 2010 : Leeds Fans To Turn Their Backs On Football
Easter Monday's League One match against Leeds United will see away fans unite in a protest against tragic events that took place 10 years ago to the day in Turkey. When the whistle blows on kick-off for the 12.30p.m. match, which is being televised on Sky Sports, fans in the Copse Road Terrace will turn their back on the game for a period of one minute to recognise what they see as 'disgust' at the European football authorities and the Turkish judicial system.

On April 5th 2000, two Leeds United supporters, Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, were stabbed to death prior to a UEFA Cup Semi-Final match against Galatasaray in Istanbul. Despite five people being arrested in connection with the murders, a series of trials, appeals, over-turns, retrials and adjournments mean that the Turkish judicial system has still yet to run its course almost 10 years on.

Leeds fans have asked for the protest to be pre-publicised so that it is clear as to the context of the demonstration, and so that Yeovil Town fans and Sky Sports are aware of its purpose. Leeds United will also be holding a minute's silence two days previously, prior to kick-off for their Easter Saturday home match against Swindon Town. Both Yeovil Town and Leeds United's players will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect during Monday's game.


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