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Leeds have said they “fully condemn” the online abuse of soccer expert Karen Carney after she claimed the club was only promoted to the Premier League “due to Covid”.
The ex-England international’s comments, made during Amazon Prime Sport’s coverage of Leeds win 5-0 at West Brom on Tuesday, were retweeted by Leeds, prompting an angry response from some fans.
A statement from Leeds read: “Leeds United fully condemns any abuse received by Karen Carney on social media after last night’s Premier League match with West Bromwich Albion.
“Everyone at our club has a lot of respect for Karen for all that she has accomplished in the game, as well as for her media work and the charity work she does.”
Leeds have often responded to criticism from experts by mocking them on social media and owner Andrea Radrizzani defended the club’s tweet by criticizing Carney’s comments.
Carney, who won 144 games for England, said Marcelo Bielsa’s team benefited from the coronavirus breakout in March to win the Sky Bet Championship title.
But while Radrizzani claimed his comments were disrespectful on Wednesday morning, the club was concerned about the level of abuse Carney has received.
Carney said after Leeds’ win at The Hawthorns: “They (Leeds) beat everyone and give them credit. My only concern would be, would they explode at the end of the season?
“We saw that in the last few seasons and I think they were promoted by Covid, in terms of it giving them a little breathing space.
“I don’t know if they would have gone up if they hadn’t had that break.”
Leeds responded on Twitter by mocking Carney’s comments, sparking a backlash from some fans who felt it would encourage online abuse directed at her.
Radrizzani, responding to a tweet saying that Leeds should be “ashamed” of their actions, wrote: “I take responsibility for the club’s tweet.
“I consider that comment (from Carney) to be completely unnecessary and disrespectful to our club and, in particular, to the fantastic and hard work of our players and coaches, who were understanding on the field during the last two Championship seasons by all accounts. statistics “.
Leeds tweet provokes mixed reactions
Radrizzani was supported by Brighton defender Ben White, who was on loan at Leeds last season when Bielsa’s team claimed 93 points from 46 games to finish 10 points clear of second-placed West Brom.
White posted three tearful face emojis and current Leeds player Mateusz Klich also used emojis to show disgust at Carney’s comments.
But Women in Football said the Leeds tweet was “provocative” and former Leeds defender Rio Ferdinand responded to a tweet criticizing the Yorkshire club, which he had said was “disgraceful” and was trying to embarrass an expert. that he worked hard. now it will be the object of vile abuse by the fans of LUFC ”.
Ferdinand told his 10.8 million followers on Twitter: “Okay … delete the tweet!”
Leeds’s beating of West Brom lifted them to 11th place in the Premier League with 23 points from 16 games.
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