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Social media welcomes Leeds back to the Premier League after 16-year absence

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Confirmation that Leeds will be playing Premier League football next season sent social media into a frenzy on Friday as fans rejoiced at the news.

Past and present players congratulated Marcelo Bielsa’s men on reaching the big time after a 16-year absence, after their promotion was confirmed following West Brom‘s defeat by Huddersfield earlier in the evening. 

Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to congratulate his former club, which was met with fury from Manchester United fans who asked him to ‘delete it’.

Leeds United fans took to the streets to celebrate winning promotion back to the top flight

Leeds United fans took to the streets to celebrate winning promotion back to the top flight

Leeds United fans took to the streets to celebrate winning promotion back to the top flight

Rio Ferdinand congratulated his former club for their achievement on Friday evening

Rio Ferdinand congratulated his former club for their achievement on Friday evening

Rio Ferdinand congratulated his former club for their achievement on Friday evening

Russell Crowe, who narrated the Take us Home: Leeds United documentary, also paid tribute

Russell Crowe, who narrated the Take us Home: Leeds United documentary, also paid tribute

Russell Crowe, who narrated the Take us Home: Leeds United documentary, also paid tribute

Leeds icon Lucas Radebe was next to offer his congratulations to his former club

Leeds icon Lucas Radebe was next to offer his congratulations to his former club

Leeds icon Lucas Radebe was next to offer his congratulations to his former club

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy also paid tribute before saying: 'see you next year'

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy also paid tribute before saying: 'see you next year'

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy also paid tribute before saying: ‘see you next year’

Ferdinand said: ‘Welcome back to the PL @LUFC Back in the big time & deservedly so!!’

Leeds icon Lucas Radebe was next to offer his congratulations to his former club, where he made 256 appearances for the Yorkshire side.

He tweeted: ‘After long 16yrs finally the wait is over our dreams have come true bak in the premier league come on @LUFC Congratulations to ElLoco an the Boys absolutely proud.’

Gladiator star Russell Crowe, who narrated the Take us Home: Leeds United Amazon Prime documentary, also paid tribute to the Elland Road outfit with a short and defiant tweet that simply read: ‘Leeds United.’

James Milner paid tribute to his former club by saying that they were 'back where they belong'

James Milner paid tribute to his former club by saying that they were 'back where they belong'

James Milner paid tribute to his former club by saying that they were ‘back where they belong’

Leeds icon Nigel Martyn insisted that the club's promotion was 'fully deserved' on Friday

Leeds icon Nigel Martyn insisted that the club's promotion was 'fully deserved' on Friday

Leeds icon Nigel Martyn insisted that the club’s promotion was ‘fully deserved’ on Friday

Aaron Lennon was delighted with the news, claiming it was a good day for the club and city

Aaron Lennon was delighted with the news, claiming it was a good day for the club and city

Aaron Lennon was delighted with the news, claiming it was a good day for the club and city

Bristol City referenced the infamous Come Dine With Me outburst to congratulate Leeds

Bristol City referenced the infamous Come Dine With Me outburst to congratulate Leeds

Bristol City referenced the infamous Come Dine With Me outburst to congratulate Leeds

James Milner was also on hand to congratulate the club where he started his professional career, claiming that they were ‘back where they belong’.

However, not everyone was delighted with Leeds’ return to England’s top flight.

Many rival supporters were distraught at the news while many claimed they now have a ‘new team to hate’.

One said: ‘Delighted that Leeds are back in the Prem! Another team to f***** hate.’

Another agreed, adding: ‘Leeds being promoted gives every club in the league a team to all simultaneously hate.’ 

Many rival supporters vented their anger and disgust that Leeds were back in the top flight

Many rival supporters vented their anger and disgust that Leeds were back in the top flight

Many rival supporters vented their anger and disgust that Leeds were back in the top flight

A Liverpool fan also couldn’t believe the news: ‘Urgh Leeds back up. Hate that club with a passion.’

As soon as West Brom’s result was confirmed, Leeds were quick to express their joy at returning to the top flight as they tweeted a poster to celebrate their promotion, writing: ‘We are back!’

Despite pleas from the club for supporters to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, fans quickly took to the streets after discovering their 16 years of pain was over.

After waiting so long for this moment, the Leeds faithful had no intention of staying indoors as groups arrived outside Elland Road with blue and yellow flares and waving flags and scarfs and singing to their hearts’ content. 

Blue and yellow flares were released into the air as the party got underway in Leeds

Blue and yellow flares were released into the air as the party got underway in Leeds

Blue and yellow flares were released into the air as the party got underway in Leeds

Leeds players were seen celebrating their promotion at a window inside Elland Road on Friday

Leeds players were seen celebrating their promotion at a window inside Elland Road on Friday

Leeds players were seen celebrating their promotion at a window inside Elland Road on Friday

The stars were watching West Brom's game together in antipation of their promotion success

The stars were watching West Brom's game together in antipation of their promotion success

The stars were watching West Brom’s game together in antipation of their promotion success

And their celebrations were recognised by the heroes who pulled off the feat as Leeds players were seen dancing around inside the stadium – waving to the fans at the window after watching the West Brom game together.

Leeds stars were seen jumping around and taking photos while huddled together as they were forced to enjoy their glory off the pitch.

And midfielder Kalvin Phillips couldn’t contain his excitement as he left the stadium to roar to the crowds gathered outside the gates. 

Elsewhere, Bielsa was given a rapturous reception as he was mobbed by Leeds fans as ‘El Loco’ used his elbow to greet them all before getting into his car.  

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