Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Leeds United to Visit Myanmar for Pre-Season Tour

Leeds United to Visit Myanmar for Pre-Season Tour

Amnesty has said Leeds United's decision to tour Myanmar is "odd" and has called on the club to speak out about the plight of the Rohingya.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all non-essential travel to four separate areas of Myanmar, formerly Burma.

"It certainly seems like an odd choice of country to choose to tour", said its United Kingdom director Kate Allen. 'The past year has seen the human rights situation in Myanmar deteriorate dramatically.

Myanmar denies accusations its military crackdown constitutes ethnic cleansing.

"Far too often sporting events have been used as a cheap PR tool to "sports wash" the stain of a country's human rights record", she said.

LUST chairman Steve White told Press Association Sport: "We're mainly concerned with the welfare of fans because no matter where Leeds United play, whether on a post-season tour or a pre-season tour, there will be fans going, simple as that".

English soccer club Leeds has announced a tour to Myanmar.

But that has not deterred the end-of-season tour by the storied Yorkshire club, who are now mid-table in English football's second tier.

Leeds will play two friendly matches in the country, against an all-star team from Myanmar's National League on May 9 before they take on the national team two days later.

Team Managing Director Angus Kinnear responded to the flood of criticism in a statement, "Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in Southeast Asia and is passionate about English football".

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.

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.

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

The military has razed villages, killed men and abused women and children, resulting in more than 700,000 people fleeing over the border to Bangladesh.

The Championship club's social media accounts have advised fans "to wait for further advice" before arranging travel to the country.

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