Leeds Owner Responds To 'Morally Corrupt' Tour Of Myanmar

Leeds Owner Responds To 'Morally Corrupt' Tour Of Myanmar

A statement from the Leeds United Supporters' Trust said the tour was "a unusual and controversial choice, given the unsafe political climate Myanmar now finds itself in", but welcomed reassurances from the club about the safety of travelling fans.

Amnesty International has urged Leeds United to play their part in helping to ease the human rights crisis in Myanmar during a post-season tour to the country.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which advises on travel safety for British nationals, has warned would-be visitors to "check travel advice" before embarking on a trip.

"The previous year has seen the human rights situation in Myanmar deteriorate dramatically", Allen said.

Myanmar is in the eye of a storm of criticism over its treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, around 700,000 of whom have been driven into Bangladesh since August a year ago in what the United Nations says amounts to "ethnic cleansing". The military continues to deny allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing, claiming it is staging a legitimate crackdown against terrorist groups.

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".

During the tour Leeds players and coaches will also run football sessions with local children and visit cultural sites, including Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

About 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The Championship side announced on Tuesday morning that they intend to travel to Burma after the season ends in May and will play two friendly matches, one on 9th May and one on 11th May.

Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear said the club was "delighted" to support Myanmar's ambitions for grassroots and elite football development.

The club now sits in 12th place in the Championship, England's second-tier league.

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'.

Two companies owned by Leeds chief Radrizzani, Aser and Eleven Sports, have business partnerships in the region and there are expected to be commercial benefits from the tour.

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