Leeds United – who were champions of England as recently as 1992 – have flown a team out to Myanmar to play two controversial post-season friendlies. The Shadow Sports Minister Rosena Alli-Khan said last month the trip was “morally bankrupt” but what do the fans think?
Although they are now in the second tier of English football, Leeds remain one of the biggest clubs in the country and their decision to send a team out to Myanmar made them the target of criticism.
Almost a million Rohingya people — who are Muslim — have been driven out of the country and forced to flee across the border into Bangladesh after clashes with ethnic Burmese mobs, many of them supported by Buddhist monks and by the Myanmar army.
The country’s Prime Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been criticized for failing to stop human rights abuses and alleged atrocities in the western state of Rakhine but she had already been told her Nobel Peace Prize — which she was awarded in 1991 — will not be revoked.
In a newspaper article last month Shadow Sports Minister Rosena Alli-Khan said she believed sport should be free from political interference “unless absolutely necessary.”
‘State-Sponsored Mass Murder’
“On this occasion, I believe it to be absolutely necessary for me to share my experiences of the ongoing violence in Myanmar to urge Leeds United to cancel the planned post-season tour. It is morally corrupt for a…