Leeds United tour to crisis-hit Myanmar sparks criticism

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Barnsley.                                       Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Barn

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Barnsley. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Barn

In a tweet highlighting her letter to Radrizzani, she wrote: "No UK club or organization should promote a country which carries out state sponsored mass murder".

Leeds' tour to Myanmar next month has been questioned by Amnesty International due to the country's "brutal" human rights record.

The fixtures are set to be held despite the United Kingdom foreign office warning against "all but essential travel" to parts of the country, which is in the midst of a military crackdown.

'It certainly seems like an odd choice of country to choose to tour, ' said Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen. The military continues to deny allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing, claiming it is staging a legitimate crackdown against terrorist groups.

The Sky Bet Championship club are scheduled to play an All-Star XI in Yangon on May 9, and then Myanmar's national team in Mandalay on May 11.

Leeds United waded into another PR quagmire yesterday with the news that they are set to tour war torn Myanmar in May.

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"But if the tour does go ahead, the club should use its leverage to call for an end to the crackdown and raise with the Burmese authorities the plight of the hundreds of thousands of families who have been brutalised and forced to flee their homes".

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.

Rather I see this both as a personal initiative to support local football and a way to introduce the name of Leeds United in the fastest growing country in Southeast Asia'.

"Football is extremely popular in Myanmar and I believe the game we all love has the power to help developing nations by bringing people together, especially young people".

Radrizzani also mentions that he is "well aware" on the volatility in the region as he previously spent 10 years living in Asia including several visits to Myanmar, which he found to be a "warm and welcoming" place whilst he established business interests (quelle surprise) in the country.

Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar wait along the border for permission to move further towards refugee camps near Palong Khali, Bangladesh, Thursday, Nov. 2 2017.

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