Leeds United will go on a post-season tour of Myanmar, despite an ongoing military crackdown in the country.
Despite travel advice from the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel to parts of the country, the Championship side will play two games next month in Myanmar. The UN has accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing, an accusation its government rejects.
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— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 24, 2018
The two matches will be on 9 and 11 May against a Myanmar National League All-Star team in Yangon, also known as Rangoon, and the country’s national team in Mandalay.
Managing Director Angus Kinnear said:
“Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in South East Asia and is passionate about English football. They have ambitious goals for grassroots and elite football development that we are delighted to be able to support. This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years.”
“From a football perspective we welcome the opportunity for our players who have not featured much in the past six months due to injuries the chance to continue their rehabilitation. The squad are very excited for the chance to represent the Club in Asia.”
General Secretary of the Myanmar Football Federation U Ko Ko Thein said:
“We are very pleased to welcome an English club with the history and heritage of Leeds United. The football infrastructure in Myanmar continues to improve and develop, and this is an important milestone on our journey”
“Myanmar is a football-mad country and this tour will help us to showcase our passion for the game at and abroad. I’d like to thank the sponsors of the tour AYA Bank, and of course Leeds United for coming to play here. We wish them very well for the future.”
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