Petition to award Leeds 1973 Cup Winners’ Cup trophy
A Yorkshire MEP has launched a petition to have Leeds United’s 1973 Cup Winners’ Cup final defeat to AC Milan investigated in a bid to have the trophy awarded to United. Milan won the match 1-0, but the result was overshadowed by suspicions over a number of curious decisions made by Greek referee Christos Michas.
Now Labour MEP Richard Corbett has set about righting the perceived wrong by organising the petition, which has been signed by 10,000 people. Mr Corbett said: “Leeds United were cheated out of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Christos Michas, the referee, made a series of outrageous decisions in the final which allowed Milan to clinch a narrow victory.”
The referee was booed by his own countrymen during the match, which was played in Salonika. Indeed, the Greek fans were so annoyed that AC Milan were unable to complete a lap of honour with the trophy. Michas was suspended by Uefa and the Hellenic Football Federation for his performance, but Leeds’ pleas for a rematch were ignored and no inquiry was ever conducted.
Norman Hunter, who was sent-off for his reaction to one of many unpunished fouls by Milan players, said: “It should have been a replay, that would have been fair, but too much water has gone under the bridge now. If it was going to happen, it should have happened there and then.”
You can see some of the referee’s match highlights in the video above.
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