By Lewis Oldham
A Leeds United Supporters’ Trust Board Member has today hit out on the club’s plans to visit Myanmar for a post-season tour.
Robert Endeacott, who is the Board Member for Web and TV, has said that:
We were quite astonished at the choice of location for a post-season mini-tour and urged the Club to reverse its decision.
The announcement of the tour wasn’t well prepared, the Club cannot have been surprised at the general outcry and opposition to the two planned matches in Myanmar. Therefore, while Radrizzani’s consequent statement is clear, honest and well thought out, it feels a little bit too ‘after the horse has bolted’.
This comes after the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, released an open letter to the Elland Road faithful yesterday afternoon. In which he stood by the decision to hold the tour despite criticism coming from both the clubs fans and human rights groups. This anger comes from families being forced to flee their homes because of ongoing domestic military actions.
Speaking on fans travelling to attend the games, Mr Endeacott said:
A number of Leeds supporters have already booked and we hugely respect their continued loyalty and commitment and passion. The Trust aims to represent its members and fellow supporters and we believe their plans will be, as always, thoroughly researched and prepared.
We also hope that any help or support they need from the Club regarding security and travel concerns will be fully and readily available.
Leeds United are scheduled to play two games in the country on the 9th and the 11th of May. The teams that Leeds are set to face are a Myanmar National League All-Star team in Yangon, before their national team in Mandalay.