Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Leeds United face backlash from fans after latest announcement regarding pre-season

Leeds United face backlash from fans after latest announcement regarding pre-season

"They have ambitious goals for grass-roots and elite football development that we're delighted to be able to support".

The UN claimed last month that "ethnic cleansing" is rife in the country, with coordinated attacks on Muslims.

'We simply want to use sport to do some good.

"We can't spread our values by turning our backs, we can only do this by engaging".

"But Italian Radrizzani has taken to Leeds" official website to defend the tour in an open letter.

Another day, another insane decision in the world of Leeds United Football Club.

British soccer team, Leeds United FC, is under fire after announcing Tuesday their plans to tour Myanmar despite the mounting allegations of human rights abuses and an "ethnic cleansing" in the country.

The group says it views the tour as "an opportunity for Leeds United to be pioneers and break down barriers and build relationships with the people and business community within a country trying to emerge from a hard past". I sincerely hope you will reconsider your post-season tour'.

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The second-tier side will also conduct football clinics with Myanmar Football Federation academies in Yangon and Mandalay and visit cultural sites including Shwedagon Pagoda and the Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, the Yorkshire club said in a statement.

Almost 700,000 of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have fled the country since August because of ongoing military operations in Rakhine.

The criticism comes as the country falls back into worldwide pariah status due to its treatment of the ethnic Rohingya minority in the country's western Rakhine state.

The post-season trip has met with huge criticism given the political unrest which is gripping Burma and Radrizzani has been urged to rethink his decision to take Leeds to the country.

In the statement, Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK is quoted as saying that "far too often sporting events have been used as a cheap PR tool to "sportswash" the stain of a country's human rights record".

While fans expressed concern over aligning the club with Myanmar, the Leeds managing director, Angus Kinnear, defended the decision and said the squad "are very excited for the chance to represent the club in Asia".

"The Myanmar authorities have continued the brutal crackdown despite a global outcry".

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