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Leeds facing £1m refund to season-ticket holders

English Championship football club Leeds United has agreed to refund 25 per cent of the cost of fans’ season tickets after the club failed to secure a play-off position.

The Elland Road club could potentially pay out £1m (€1.2m/$1.3m) to its supporters.

Leeds made a pre-season pledge to reimburse a percentage of season-ticket costs if the team did not make the play-offs. Following the 3-3 draw against Norwich at home on Saturday, Leeds are almost certain to finish outside the top six.

During pre-season, the club said it would refund 50 per cent of the cost if they sold 15,000 tickets and did not win promotion.

Garry Monk’s side looked likely to finish in the top six until a recent run of just one win in seven games.

The teams in the play-off positions are Fulham, Huddersfield, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday. Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion are the two teams that have secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Spanish second division club Levante has announced it will give free season tickets to the club’s members after its promotion into the top-tier LaLiga.

The club’s president Quico Catalan said that every fan that held a season-ticket during 2016-17 would be given their 2017-18 ticket for free.

Around 80 per cent of the club’s 12,500 members will receive free tickets for LaLiga, with the club saying that the promotion will be subsidised by a sharp increase in TV income, according to the Football Espana website.

The Valencia-based side secured its crown with six matches still to play just a year after being relegated from LaLiga

“That is the pledge we made at the start of the season when we unveiled our aims and it was on the proviso that the team gained promotion to the top flight,” Catalan said.

“The fans had to be, and are, part of this success. It’s a beautiful way to reward and generate a sense of fidelity towards this club.”