Leeds United to tour Myanmar despite UK government concerns

Annette Crawford
April 24, 2018

Leeds United have gone lolloping headlong into yet another PR quagmire (remember the new badge?) after proudly announcing they will be embarking on a pre-season tour to Myanmar, a country now wracked by war.

Two companies owned by Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani, Aser and Eleven Sports, have business partnerships in the region and the club are expected to commercially benefits from the trip to Asia.

Political unrest is rife in Burma, with United Nations assistant secretary-general for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, claiming last month that "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims is continuing. The United Nations has described the country's treatment of Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing.

Leeds says it will play Myanmar's national team on May 11 in Mandalay, two days after facing an all-star team in Yangon. Last August, 70 people died when insurgents attacked the police and armed forces.

Despite warnings from the United Kingdom government about visiting certain areas of the country, Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear was keen to highlight the positives of touring the country.

Leeds United are now placed 12th in the Championship, with two games remaining, and are managed by Englishman Paul Heckingbottom.

This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years. "The squad are very excited for the chance to represent the club in Asia".

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to four separate areas of the country, although Leeds will not play in those areas, and the Government class Burma as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.

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