We are disappointed to learn that Leeds City Council have blocked plans for Emerald Headingley to host the upcoming boxing match with Josh Warrington, an event which will be showcased worldwide.

Like many other businesses, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Leeds Rhinos have felt the effects of COVID over the past 12 months. The pandemic has come off the back of a £46million redevelopment of Emerald Headingley. We are grateful for the support from Leeds City Council to ensure that this development took place, one which enabled Emerald Headingley to stage worldwide events and benefit the local economy.

However, events such as these are crucial for YCCC and Leeds Rhinos and we ask that the council reconsiders its decision to allow the city of Leeds to be showcased in a positive light following such uncertain times.

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