First thing is first, what’s happening in Myanmar isn’t something I know much about so I won’t pretend I do. I won’t say much more on it because I write about football, and this is way out of my comfort zone.
Andrea Radrizzani looks to be heading up the party heading to Myanmar in juts a few weeks time as the club go on a post-season tour. The reason we are going is obvious and what is being banded about, that the club are supporting the regime in the country isn’t the case, but it doesn’t look good and that’s the issue. We are going there to grow this football club abroad, everyone can see that. Andrea Radrizzani has tweeted tonight saying that he is “happy to go into developing countries” and interact with local community, spreading joy with the game of football. Now this makes perfect sense, but there are other, more stable countries where we could go than the untapped (in football terms) Myanmar.
Leeds will travel to Asia for two games, one against the Myanmar National League All Stars and one against Myanmar (I’m assuming the national side). The games take place in areas which according to the foreign office are considered safe, but there are areas in the country that you are basically to avoid at all costs, and that tells you all you need to know in terms of why fans aren’t happy we are heading out there. The first-team squad are to go, the international players won’t be heading as they will have other commitments and we are expected to put out a strong side, for games where it is expected that there will be 20k fans. Leeds will be the first English side to play in the country for 80 years.