Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

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jackos
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Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby jackos » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:00 am

Myanmar? really? We want to help Radz market his start-ups in a military dictatorship that is currently suspected of “acts of genocide” against it's Muslim population? I thought Aspire was bad. This is friggin beyond belief. :shock: :shock:


Leeds United will go on a post-season tour of Myanmar, despite government advice warning against non-essential travel to parts of the country.

Leeds plan to play two friendly games in areas not covered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) guidance.

The FCO also warns that "terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks".

The United Nations described an ongoing military offensive in the northern Rakhine province as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Leeds United's social media accounts have advised fans "to wait for further advice" before arranging travel to the country.

The two matches will be on 9 and 11 May against a Myanmar National League All-Star team and the country's national team.

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

"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."

More than half a million of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have fled the country because of an ongoing military offensive in Rakhine province.

Myanmar's government, which does not give the Rohingya citizenship and sees them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, says it is fighting militants and has denied targeting civilians.

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BBC Radio Leeds commentator Adam Pope


I've spoken to Leeds United about the post-season trip to Myanmar, which is sponsored by a bank. The region has a population of around 50 million people and is seen as a market of interest and one that can afford the visit of Leeds, as opposed to top Premier League clubs who regularly go to wealthier areas of Asia.

The president of the Myanmar FA/League is a wealthy industrialist and, along with the rest of Asia, is Premier League obsessed. Leeds see this as a chance to grow the club.

Stadiums have been checked and will comply to Fifa standards, with tickets expected to be a few dollars and crowds hoped to be around 20,000 fans.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has a business interest in the region with his company Eleven Sports.

In terms of health issues, Myanmar, like lots of Asia and other areas in the world, has problems with the Zika virus. I am told players will be tested and that the relevant medical care will be in operation.

The first-team squad will be travelling to Myanmar except for those on World Cup and international duty like Pontus Jansson. The club also see it as a chance to give more game time to those returning from injury, such as Luke Ayling and Adam Forshaw in what would have been the play-off period.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby dirty leeds » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:20 am

Shouldn't be going anywhere near the place.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby the flying pig » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:35 am

this is a total nonsense.

in terms of bad press this deserves to be right up there with the some of the worst that the club has ever had, which given our history is astonishing.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby dirty leeds » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:43 am

Already had a mention on Radio 5, so the wider media sensing blood...

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby AndyPaul » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:38 am

Apparently we couldn’t get the Visas for Syria.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Blackwhite » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:55 am

Fucking Comedy club.
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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Munson » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:12 pm

And i was so looking forward to a tour to Pyongyang this year.
Always a let down...

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby JimbobMaloney » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:18 pm

Well...a terrorist attack is one way to shift some of the players we don't want I suppose

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby dirty leeds » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:23 pm

Amongst the usual inane bullshit over on Waccoe about this, one satirical comment from a bloke called Stockport White caught my eye:

"Get into 'em, ethnically cleans 'em up."

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Beer Pig » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:45 pm

AndyPaul wrote:Apparently we couldn’t get the Visas for Syria.

Probably pencilled in for pre-season, unless we get a better offer from Iraq or Afganistan!
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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Andymac-47 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:22 pm

Could have been worse, could have sent them over here, or NoKo!
Andymac

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby eric olthwaite » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:42 pm

The Trust really are a mealy-mouthed set of spineless appeasement shitwipes these days.

The Trust recognises the discontent among Leeds fans following the club’s decision to play in Myanmar.

In light of the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance to avoid all but essential travel to certain areas, fans have raised understandable concerns regarding safety of those choosing to travel to support the team as well as ethical questions regarding a decision to visit a country with significant political unrest.

We have asked the club regarding this and a club spokesperson has offered the following comment to our questions:

“The two venues that we are visiting are both considered ‘Safe’ to travel to and located in regions not affected by any political turmoil. These areas are described as ‘Westernised’ and located far from the Northern areas affected by the unrest reported widely in the global media. The stadiums meet approved FIFA standards including high specification medical facilities and the required transport to hospital for any injured player.

In regards to the political viewpoint, Leeds United are not touring as guests of the government of Myanmar and this is not a political tour. The club and the teams we are playing against are partnered with a local bank and of course the local football authorities, which under FIFA regulations must operate independently from the government. We see this as an opportunity for Leeds United to be pioneers and break down barriers and build relationships with the people and business community within a country trying to emerge from a difficult past. We believe that this represents a chance for those travelling to experience a new country and engage with its people. The club believes there is minimal risk involved in making this journey”

The Trust Welcomes the reassurances from the club on supporter safety and hopes that they will provide close support to all fans who choose to make the journey. The Trust however sees this tour as a strange and controversial choice, given the dangerous political climate Myanmar currently finds itself in.


'Significant political unrest'? Oh, do fuck yourselves. You can either call it ethnic cleansing or you can call it genocide, thanks.

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Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Still Hates Gordon Watson » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:06 pm

Given I had a great holiday in Myanmar as recently as 18 months ago, before the real anti-Rakhine offensive began, I’m not sure I can/should comment.

There’s certainly nothing particularly unsafe about either of the cities they’re planning to play in but by God, it’s a bad choice morally and politically.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Quiffy » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:29 pm

Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:There’s certainly nothing particularly unsafe about either of the cities they’re planning to play in but by God, it’s a bad choice morally and politically.

economically though, we may sell 7 more shirts to all those burmese who don't feel like the premier league is for them.

i just wonder what would be the best scenario for us fans out of this tour? i mean the busby babes made manU the globally supported shit stain (club) it now is, so.....? plane crashes are a bit 20th century and unlikely. i'm thinking a lone sniper helping bring LUFC to the fore of the nations consciences. obviously he can't take the whole team out, but some targets would be more sorely missed than others.

this is the sort of economic strategy that will bring LUFC back to the top table, it's just radz understandably is keeping schtum about the full plan.
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Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Still Hates Gordon Watson » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:35 pm

Quiffy wrote:this is the sort of economic strategy that will bring LUFC back to the top table, it's just radz understandably is keeping schtum about the full plan.


Five year plan though, innit? He’s not going to reveal the whole lot in one go. I’m sure there’s still some blinding ideas up his sleeve.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby jackos » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:19 pm

eric olthwaite wrote:The Trust really are a mealy-mouthed set of spineless appeasement shitwipes these days.
'Significant political unrest'? Oh, do fuck yourselves. You can either call it ethnic cleansing or you can call it genocide, thanks.


Agreed. Just contacted them and ask them to cancel my membership, seems they only care about snuggling up to Radz. Any organisation that doesn't think touring a country ruled by a military dictatorship that is ethnically cleansing a religious minority is a political tour doesn't deserve support.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby The Tin Man » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:46 pm

jackos wrote:
eric olthwaite wrote:The Trust really are a mealy-mouthed set of spineless appeasement shitwipes these days.
'Significant political unrest'? Oh, do fuck yourselves. You can either call it ethnic cleansing or you can call it genocide, thanks.


Agreed. Just contacted them and ask them to cancel my membership, seems they only care about snuggling up to Radz. Any organisation that doesn't think touring a country ruled by a military dictatorship that is ethnically cleansing a religious minority is a political tour doesn't deserve support.



Seconded. I thought I was going mad when I first read the article,glad everyone here feels the same way.
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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Mr Reality » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:59 pm

Seems a strange move.

Struggle to see any real benefit even financially.

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby AndyPaul » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:05 pm

Mr Reality wrote:Seems a strange move.

Struggle to see any real benefit even financially.


It’s a real headscratcher isn’t it :scratch:

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Re: Post Season Marketing Tour in Burma for Radz

Postby Blackwhite » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:27 pm

Radz:

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(I don't think he's that dumb.

Smells like some sweetener for other business interests in that area to me. Grubby, grubby shit either way.)

Sort your fucking life out please Radders. Even the cokehead never did this.
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