'It's rubbish' – Sky Sports pundit slams Radrizzani over major Leeds decision
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has slammed Andrea Radrizzani over his decision to take Leeds on a summer tour of Myanmar.
Much has been made of the announcement, with politicians, journalists and Amnesty International all queuing up to take potshots at the club.
And Prutton is the latest.
In his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Prutton doesn’t hold back, unloading both barrels on Radrizzani, who remains defiant in the face of mass outrage.
“I remember watching a documentary about what was going on over there and what is happening to the Rohingya people is absolutely horrific.
“But I don’t know how you can organise something like that and announce something like that and not see how bigger a statement it would be, not just across the footballing world but the political world in general.
“It’s rubbish and I don’t understand. What I saw going on in that documentary on Myanmar was akin to what happened in Nazi Germany. It’s men, women and children and the regime don’t care about killing them, murdering them and torturing them.
“To drop something as trivial as a football team and a football tour into the middle of that, it’s just bizarre.”
Football Insider verdict:
As expected, this has really polarised opinion, with some siding with Prutton, and others agreeing with Radrizzani that football has nothing to do with politics. However, it’s hard not to agree with everything that Prutton says here. It’s naive to say that this can stand alone without debating the politics of the region. And it’s irrelevant whether the same people have spoken out about the World Cup finals being held in Russia. You have to take each issue separately. But, let’s take out the politics for a minute. Does anyone who supports Leeds really think this is good preparation for the players ahead of the next season? Malaria, the Zika virus, not to mention the media maelstrom. If we’re judging it purely on football terms – which we shouldn’t – it’s still a monumentally terrible idea.