BBC journalist Adam Pope has revealed that journalists were banned from asking about the political situation in Myanmar after the controversy over the Leeds summer tour.
The tour came up in Paul Heckingbottom’s Q&A but none of the journalists asked about the political implications.
They were told that if they did the press conference would be stopped immediately.
Pope revealed the shock news on his Twitter account after the press conference.
Just to be clear that we were told by the club before the press conference today that we were not allowed to ask questions about the political situation in Myanmar with regards to Leeds United’s proposed trip there in May. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 26, 2018
Leeds fans took to Twitter after his comments, with one fan saying that Andrea Radrizzani should have been there to answer questions but that he “bottled it”.
A few fans agreed with him that Radrizzani should have been there but a lot of fans said that it wasn’t Heckingbottom’s job as manager to field political questions.
Most fans said they wanted to hear about football and the Norwich game in particular, not Myanmar.
Here are the best reactions to the press conference revelation:
Of course it matters what he thinks about it. Wether or not he shares this is irrelevant. The point is there should be no suppressing questions at any presser and more so @andrearadri should have been there to answer questions about it. But hey.he bottled it
— Tibet66 (@tibet66) April 26, 2018
Good – this about football not politics. Should we be asking about Putin or should we be asking about the World Cup!!! Let’s leave politics and football apart please ????????
— Carl Murphy (@CarlM1979) April 26, 2018
Too right as well, at a pre match press conference I want to hear about the team and the next match. Politics is not the managers job.
— Ryan Urquhart (@RyaaanU) April 26, 2018
— Ben Curtis (@ben_curtis1) April 26, 2018
I get this as its nothing to do with the upcoming game and its not fair on hecky to field those questions, however I do think @andrearadri should front up separately to the media/fans to answer questions if he believes in this trip so much
— Ben Levene (@bennyboyyorks) April 26, 2018
Quite right too. Radz should be asked and answer those questions. Not the Head Coach.
— Stuart Grant (@McClumsy84) April 26, 2018
Not sure I like that actually. As a journalist you should be able to ask any questions that are in the public interest. As a member of the public I'm interested. It also shows the club is not honest and open @LUFC
— Mark (@theyorkest) April 26, 2018
Not allowed… what a joke
— Danyul Fattorini (@DMFattorini) April 26, 2018
— ArkansasLUFC (@BStacksLUFC) April 26, 2018
I said he was another Cellino. Apologies welcome #lufc
— Richard Longbottom (@richardl73) April 26, 2018
Thanks for the clarification on this Popey. That Radrizzani Mr Nice Guy mask has well and truly slipped.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) April 26, 2018
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