Yorkshire Evening Post 29/12/11
Protests put investors off club - Bates
Ken Bates has claimed that the actions of some dissenting supporters is jeopardising hopes of future investment in Leeds United, writes Leon Wobschall.
The United chairman, under fire from sections of fans since the start of the season, insists that criticism is having a negative effect and putting off potential new investors.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said: “We’re still looking for more investors and we’re talking to them on a regular basis.
“But the difficulty is the difference between what they say and [what they] can do. Of course, when they see chants and banners in the papers, they often say: ‘I don’t want any of that, why should I be bothered – I don’t want to get involved’.
“It’s a matter of public record that a very good, would-be investor was going to go into Everton and then said: ‘It’s not for me, I don’t want my kids to take the muck that the existing directors take, at school. So they didn’t go in.
“Fans have to realise that we’re now on a world-wide stage and everything – be it Facebook, Twitter and all the other nonsensical sites – what you say may create consequences which you haven’t planned.
“But having said that, we’re in a good shape.”

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