Fans to have vote on new crest ideas

January 29, 2018

Championship football club Leeds United is asking fans to send to them their inspiration for a new logo following the controversy over its new crest.

The club hit the headlines with its controversial new crest replacing a logo featuring the white rose of Yorkshire with one featuring a "Leeds salute".

It led to an own-goal feeling from tens of thousands of fans who quickly signed an online petition against the new crest.

Now the club says it will use fans ideas as inspiration to draw up designs from which a shortlist will be chosen by fan panels.

A democratic vote will then take place among all season ticket holders and members on Wednesday February 21 before a new crest is announced at the end of the month.

The storm started when the new crest design was revealed on the club website and Twitter. The club said it was the result of more than six months of research, but it features what amounts to an image of a player covering up with his fist the new crest on his shirt!

The gesture does however have significance among supporters of Leeds as being the "Leeds salute".

The club says 10,000 people were consulted about the crest, but it seems many fans felt they had not been consulted with more than 70,000 people signing an online petition against its introduction at within a day of its announcement.

The club quickly responded with a statement to fans, saying: "We conducted thorough research into the desire for a change to the crest to symbolise a new era for the club. However, we also appreciate the need to extend the consultation with supporters and we are committed to working with you to create an identity we can all be proud of."

The crest was due to be introduced next season which will take the club into its centenary year in 2019.

Latest information at the Leeds United  Official website.

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