Leeds United to tour Myanmar in May

Leeds United announced the tour of the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday morning

Radrizzani, addressing the Leeds fans and the football community, wrote: "I wanted to take this opportunity to give more background on the Club's trip to Myanmar in May".

The Leeds United tour is being planned in partnership with AYA Bank, a Myanmar financial institution.

The British government has advised citizens against "all but essential travel" to affected areas in the states of Rakhine, Chin, Shan, and Kachin, but the Foreign Office has not stopped travel to the rest of the country.

Amnesty International issued a statement calling it an "odd choice of country to choose to tour".

"The past year has seen the human rights situation in Myanmar deteriorate dramatically", Allen said.

Kingdom, who have criticised the tour due to the ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

"The Myanmar authorities have continued the brutal crackdown despite a global outcry. Far too often sporting events have been used as a cheap PR tool to 'sportswash" the stain of a country's human rights record'.

Leeds United will go on a post-season tour of Myanmar, despite an ongoing military crackdown in the country.

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Myanmar's governing regime has been accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, while insurgent attacks on police and army bases last summer killed 70 people.

Leeds United have come in for heavy criticism after announcing a plan to play two post-season friendlies in crisis-hit Burma next month.

The club now sits in 12th place in the Championship, England's second-tier league.

Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear said: "Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in South East Asia and is passionate about English football".

Radrizzani also mentions that he is "well aware" on the volatility in the region as he previously spent 10 years living in Asia including several visits to Myanmar, which he found to be a "warm and welcoming" place whilst he established business interests (quelle surprise) in the country.

Further advice and travel details will be released for Leeds supporters, the club said.

Leeds staff and players will also conduct a series of football clinics with Myanmar Football Federation academies in Yangon and Mandalay as well as visiting cultural sites including Shwedagon and Maha Myat Muni Pagodas, the club said in a statement.

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