Leeds fans are at a loss for words, after owner Andrea Radrizzani claimed the club are not making any money from their trip to Myanmar.
Leeds announced on Tuesday that the club will travel to Myanmar after the final game of the season for two post-season friendlies.
Fans were bemused, bewildered and just downright furious at the decision, questioning why on earth the club would think it is a good idea.
Myanmar is currently the subject of political of societal unrest, with thousands of Rohingya Muslims being forced to flee the country.
The United Nations described the situation in the country as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, and Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan said the club “must rethink” their decision to visit a country performing state sponsored mass murder.
If all that wasn’t bad enough, owner and chairman Andrea Radrizzani tried to alleviate fans’ ethical concerns on Twitter by claiming the club will not make a penny from the trip.
This has only further incensed fans, as they are now wondering what exactly the purpose of the trip is, and if Radrizzani himself is pocketing the profits.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
This stinks, pure and simple. Andrea is supposedly a PR guru, from a football perspective he is a PR disaster. I lose more confidence and faith as the weeks tick by, not a football man and wont take us up, at this point more likely take us down. Happy to be proven wrong
— Grant Heseltine (@GrantHeseltine) April 24, 2018
Think what he means is WE the club won’t…but HIM and his media companies will.
— TLU (@TalkLeedsUnited) April 24, 2018
LUFC might not be getting a fee but suspect ARs two business interests in the area will enjoy “commercial benefits”
— Mark Devaney (@markwd1) April 24, 2018
We’re not but someone or some company is I guess
— Debbington (@DebsHLUFC) April 24, 2018
Radz's company has sports rights over there- surely it has something to do with that- he either wants to televise the game or improve the league for his own benefit?
— Oliver Linley (@Oliver__Linley) April 24, 2018
@cjfoster99 it just gets worse and worse
— Sam Newsome (@SamNewsome99) April 24, 2018
The club might not get a fee but this isn't about Leeds United. It's about securing and promoting business links for interested parties in and around the club. Mentioning no names of course.
— There Or Thereabouts (@NYawner) April 25, 2018
To me this whole thing doesn’t make any football sense or business sense either. Very strange and incredibly random.
— Adam Leonard (@AdamLeonard1460) April 25, 2018