Andrea Radrizzani has sent an open letter defending the club’s decision to conduct a pre-season summer tour in Myanmar.
In the letter, Radrizzani said: “This was a carefully considered decision and we knew it would be controversial but this is about people not governments.
“It has never been my intention, nor that of the club, to get involved in a political debate in Myanmar. However, if because of the tour we further highlight the ongoing serious issues in certain areas of the country then maybe that is positive thing.”
“We can’t spread our values by turning our backs, we can only do this by engaging. We will go to Myanmar to share the famous values and ethos of Leeds United Football Club.”
It seems doubtful whether Radrizzani will listen to Leeds fans now, but if he did he’d be met by a cacophony of disapproving voices.
There are some fans who agree with Radrizzani but they were in a definite minority and other fans have labelled the decision to tour and the letter as “shocking” and “dreadful”, with some fans saying it’s all about the money.
Here are the best reactions from Leeds fans to the letter from Radrizzani:
“This is about my broadcasting rights in a lucrative territory and my association with the head of their FA"
— I Hate Leeds (@ihatelufc) April 25, 2018
More PR suicide. Every regime seems so skilled at creating fires. Stable clubs do not do this. #LUFC
— will palmer (@will_palmer) April 25, 2018
— Rob Wylie (@RWileECoyote) April 25, 2018
Feel sorry for the players
— Richie mot (@richie1979) April 25, 2018
Clearly a commercial decision flying in the face of a gathering storm of criticism. Radrazzani’s gloss wearing somewhat thin now.
— Neil. Franklin (@_franklin220) April 25, 2018
“There’s a shit load of cash for me in this, so mind your own business”
— Pablo “El Loco” Bielsabub 💙💛 (@Pablo_Lassoggy) April 25, 2018
This is so stupid, just don’t go ffs man. Do something right
— Michael Doyle (@doylersofficial) April 25, 2018
Shocking. Absolutely shocking. I don’t care that he bought back ER, this decision is abhorrent and far worse than anything even Cellino did.
— Rob Mitchell (@RobMitch92) April 25, 2018
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