'Shocked, disgusted and disappointed' - Leeds fans launch blistering attack over official reveal
Leeds United fans have launched a blistering attack via social media over their club’s decision to hold a post-season tour of Myanmar at the end of the season.
The Whites officially revealed, via both their official Twitter account and their official website, that they would be travelling down to south east Asia following their final game of the season in May, with two friendly fixtures organised against an all star team from the Myanmar National League, as well as against the Myanmar national team themselves.
???????? | Leeds United are delighted to announce the #AYABankTour18, featuring two friendly matches in Myanmar
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 24, 2018
As well as the exhibition clashes, it is said that Leeds will take part in a number of footballing clinics, where the players and staff will provide sessions for children from the region with a focus on both football and education.
However the move has been vilified by supporters on Twitter, who hold concern over the reported genocide and ethnic cleansing which has taken place in the country, with the majority condemning the decision.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ most passionate tweets:
This is actually appalling, why can’t we go normal places like Spain or Portugal
— ???? (@laurinaaa_) April 24, 2018
I don't think I've ever been this disgusted to be a Leeds supporter. It
Going to a country committing actual genocide against its own people.
— Mike (@LeedsMJ84) April 24, 2018
I'd be really interested to hear what part this country's atrocious human rights record played in the discussion about whether to go. I'm all for sport building bridges. But there? Now? When the state is supporting ethnic cleansing? Please do let us know the logic.
— Richard Young (@RichardYoung) April 24, 2018
— Charlie Phillips (@charliechar) April 24, 2018
— Khalil Rehman (@alritehorse) April 24, 2018
Only #lufc could go play games in a country that the UN describes as carrying out a textbook example of ethnic cleansing
— Dr. Dan Rahnavard Ph.D. (@DRahnavard) April 24, 2018
The #lufc PR Juggernaut just keeps powering on leaving bewildered lufc fans in its trail. ????
— Lee Ogden (@stackerbo) April 24, 2018
This is a parody account surely?
— Matt stockton (@mattystockton1) April 24, 2018
However, while many were left disgusted by the club’s move based on political reasons, one fan was more concerned with what would happen on the pitch, leaving a tongue in cheek remark about the ability of centre back Liam Cooper.
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People bringing politics into this, I'm just more worried about MNL All Stars strike force against Liam Cooper.
— Jack Pearson (@JackTPearson) April 24, 2018
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