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Morning Leeds-in for 7 September 2017: Season ticket sales hit 20,000 and more links for the day

More World Cup reaction and Football clubs talking smack and suing each other.

Despite Price Rises The British Love Of A Cup Of Tea Endures Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The club announced a big increase in season ticket sales for this year.

As Phil Hay tweeted out above, the 20,000 season tickets is a 40% increase from last season and that’s great news for the club. The increase in excitement is not only due to the good start to the season, but the ownership change has brought a breath of fresh air to the club. Andrea Radrizzani has brought a sense of hope and at long last, Leeds United is being run as an actual proper football club. Hope sells tickets, and Leeds fans have hope again.

Leeds United Links

Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post takes a stab at unpacking all the things that Victor Orta talked about on his Facebook live video, including Orta’s dislike of the January transfer window and a “surprise” from Asia. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

It was reported on Twitter and it was covered on the Mighty Whites Podcast that came out on Sunday, but here’s the official scoop on the Benfica player that’s joined the U23s. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English football Links

FA proposing a single-tiered Women’s Super League, dependent on full-time status for the players. I’m not sure limiting the number of teams will help advance the women’s game in the UK. This has the possibility of being a very short-sighted move. [BBC.com]

West Ham United got mad because someone at Sporting said mean things about them and claimed that an offer was never made, so emails were leaked saying that the East London club offered €25 million, to be paid in three installments, for William Carvalho, €15 million short of the player’s release clause. Apparently it’s now up for the courts to decide if an email saying that West Ham’s lowball “offer” really was a serious offer. [Sky Sports]

Premier League clubs are meeting to decide if they want to have the transfer deadline take place before the season starts. This would be for the Premier League only, so it remains to be seen if the other leagues will follow along. [Sky Sports]

World Football Links

Argentina did itself no favors by drawing 1-1 with Venezuela in Buenos Aries, leaving them fifth in the table and facing possible play-off against New Zealand to get to the World Cup; plus a round-up of the rest of the qualifying in South America. [Fox Sports]

Another hurricane, more sporting disruptions. The Orlando Pride of the NWSL has rescheduled their home game against the Seattle Reign to this Thursday instead of Saturday due to Hurricane Irma. [NBC Sports: Pro Soccer Talk]

La Liga president accused Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain of “financial doping” and “peeing into the pool”. Considering the tax breaks and financial malfeasance that has plagued La Liga and the big two of Real Madrid and Barcelona, La Liga has absolutely no room to talk. [ESPNFC.com]

FIFA has ordered an AFC World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after a referee was banned for life. [Sky Sports]