Leeds fans react as club’s owner Andrea Radrizzani hits financial difficulties

Leeds United could be forced to change their January plans as Andrea Radrizzani’s Eleven Sports hits serious issues, just four months into its UK life.

The online platform, dubbed the ‘Netflix of sport’, has the exclusive rights to show La Liga and Serie A matches in the UK, and was set to take over BT Sport’s role as the sole-British provider of UFC in 2019.

The UFC have, however, taken the decision to pull its contract with Eleven Sports and will remain on BT Sport after the digital broadcaster failed to arrange a TV slot for their channel.

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Eleven Sports, which is owned by Radrizzani, operates across Europe, but is considering ditching its UK division after failing to secure distribution on Sky, Virgin Media or BT’s platforms.

As it is run as an entirely separate entity to Leeds United, any decision should not interfere with how the club operates. But should Radrizzani need to invest in the platform to ensure it has a future in the UK, the club may not take priority.

At present, the Championship contenders are suffering an injury crisis, with captain Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas both ruled out of action, adding to the absences of Gaetano Berardi, Luke Ayling, and Tom Pearce.

January recruits could help alleviate any depth concerns Marcelo Bielsa may carry, but that option is potentially no longer on the table.

Naturally, the Eleven Sports drama has Leeds fans talking…

Im sad, leeds are owned by eleven sports. Will we have to sell to compensate. The season was going so well ?

— Eoin O Carroll (@eoinocarrol) December 12, 2018