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25th Apr, 2018 | 7:00am

Angus Kinnear delivers verdict on ongoing Leeds controversy

Angus Kinnear, Leeds United chief executive has insisted the club are right to go to Burma following a wave of criticism for their post-season decision.

Since announcing their tour of the Far East Asia, the Elland Road outfit have had to back up their choice to go to a country which has been accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims by the United Nations.

Kinnear explained why the Whites had made the decision to head to the nation, as quoted in the Yorkshire Post he said: “Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in South East Asia and is passionate about English football.

“They have ambitious goals for grassroots and elite football development that we are delighted to be able to support.

“This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years.

“From a football perspective, we welcome the opportunity for our players who have not featured much in the past six months due to injuries the chance to continue their rehabilitation.

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“The squad are very excited for the chance to represent the club in Asia.”

Kinnear’s comments backed up club owner Andrea Radrizzani’s own after he insisted in The Telegraph that it was the right decision by saying: “Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in South East Asia and is passionate about English football.

“They have ambitious goals for grassroots and elite football development that we are delighted to be able to support. This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years.”

According to a report, the Yorkshire outfit will not receive a match fee when they face Myanmar National League All-Stars line-up in Yangon on May 9 and Burma’s national side in Mandalay on May 11 – just after the season finale.

Football Insider verdict:

It would be fair to say that it’s a strange choice in terms of a destination for a footballing tour and it would seem that Radrizzani is keen to use his connections in the nation to make Leeds a bigger club – at least in the Far East. Morally, there are all kinds of question marks over this decision, particularly surrounding the accusations of ethnic cleansing but it would seem as though they have made their choice and that’s that.

In other Leeds United news, Whites in driving seat to sign Belgium international, his CL record makes him stunning signing reportedly.

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