Leeds big name to cry off post-season tour to Burma - reliable journalist
By Richard Parks
Pontus Jansson will cry off Leeds United’s post-season tour to crisis-hit Burma, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the Sweden international will be among those left behind as he prepares for the World Cup.
Most first-team players will go to Burma but those with international commitments, such as Pontus Jansson, will be left behind. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 24, 2018
Hay explained that United players with international commitments will be excused the trip next month but most of the first team players will head to Burma.
The Yorkshire giants have announced plans to fly to the Far East in the week after their Championship season ends for matches against a Myanmar National League All-Stars team and Burma’s national side.
Leeds, who finish their domestic term against Queens Park Rangers on 6 May, will meet the MNL All Stars in Yangon three days later and contest the second friendly in Mandalay on May 11 before sending their players away for their summer break.
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Football Insider verdict:
Clearly, this is a commercial trip aimed at securing a few extra quid at the end of a hugely disappointing campaign. The club have admitted as such, explaining that the trip, headlined as the AYA Bank Tour 2018, would allow them to tap into “one of the fastest growing nations in southeast Asia”. The visit to Burma is also expected to have commercial benefits for Aser and Eleven Sports, two companies owned by Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani. Eleven Sports, a TV rights firm, has deals in place in the Far East, including one in Singapore. It is not about the football, or looking after the players. But, then, the senior men cannot grumble too much. Had they performed this season, they would be preparing for the play-offs, and not a few pointless friendlies.