'Disastrous' - Henry Winter sends hard-line Twitter message to Radrizzani on Leeds development
The Times’ leading sports writer Henry Winter has slated Leeds United’s decision to head to Burma directly at the end of the season and queried the club’s morality.
Writing on his official Twitter account, the much-respected journalist said, “
#lufc surely have to re-think this disastrous decision to tour Myanmar. They risk becoming pawns in a geo-political PR game, all for a few questionable quid. Leeds also have a duty of care to travelling fans. @andrearadri.”
#lufc surely have to re-think this disastrous decision to tour Myanmar. They risk becoming pawns in a geo-political PR game, all for a few questionable quid. Leeds also have a duty of care to travelling fans. @andrearadri
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 25, 2018
The Burmese nation has been accused of persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims by the United Nations which is one of the main reasons the club have received such criticism about their trip to the country.
Both club owner Andrea Radrizzani and chief executive Angus Kinnear have come out in the aftermath of the backlash the Whites have come up against to explain their reasoning behind choosing Burma.
Aside from the issue of ethnic cleansing, there are also other problems in the nation, which include possible contraction of the Zika virus, terrorist attacks, and political unrest, while the fans themselves have been informed to wait for further advice before they go booking their trips.
Radrizzani has connections in the Far East country through business interests and although they won’t receive a match fee for their appearances in the country, they are being sponsored by AYA Bank.
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Paul Heckingbottom’s side are due to play a friendly against a Myanmar National League All-Star team in Yangon on May 9 which will then be followed with a match against the Myanmar national team in Mandalay on May 11.
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