Kieran Maguire slams Kinnear for 'crass and ill-informed' Leeds claims
Angus Kinnear’s Leeds United programme notes on the proposed transfer levy in English football were “crass and ill-informed”.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the controversy surrounding the Whites chief executive.
Tracey Crouch MP’s recently-published fan-led review advocates a 10 per cent tax on non-domestic transfer and switches between top-flight clubs.
Ahead of Leeds’ win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday (30 November), Kinnear likened the levy to Chairman Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”.
The Great Leap Forward is one of the darkest chapters in China’s history and estimated to have led to the deaths of between 30 and 45million people.
Maguire slammed Kinnear for his tone-deaf comments and claimed that his rhetoric is part of a “broader attack on the fan-led review”.
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“Angus Kinnear is normally a very safe pair of hands and on the button,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“But his comments are inconsistent with the submissions of fans groups from all clubs but perhaps most importantly Leeds themselves.
“Those remarks obviously were crass and ill-informed.
“If he is unhappy with some aspects of redistribution, that is understandable.
“Redistribution by definition involves some people having a little bit less and some people having a little bit more.
“But to try and align it with Maoism shows a scant disregard for history.
“Carlton Cole was also criticised for making comments about the Holocaust earlier in the week.
“Both the Holocaust and the Great Leap Forward involved a horrendous loss of life.
“This appears to be part of a broader attack on the fan-led review from a variety of chief executives of Premier League clubs.
“All of them are desperate to raise the drawbridge when it comes to football and money.”
Leeds won 1-0 against Palace on Tuesday thanks to Raphinha’s last-gasp penalty.
That result lifted Marcelo Bielsa’s side to 15th in the league table.