Amnesty labels Leeds United's decision to tour Myanmar as 'odd'

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"It is morally corrupt for a football team to partake in a post-season tour to promote a country which carries out state-sponsored mass murder", she wrote in the letter.

The Rohingya population in the northern Rakhine province have been victims of what the United Nations has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". I am aware of the serious issues within the country, but I also know that it is a attractive place filled with incredibly warm and welcoming people.

Leeds will play two friendly matches in the country, against an all-star team from Myanmar's National League on May 9 before they take on the national team two days later. I sincerely hope you will reconsider your post-season tour'.

Another day, another insane decision in the world of Leeds United Football Club.

A statement from the Leeds United Supporters' Trust said the tour was "a odd and controversial choice, given the risky political climate Myanmar now finds itself in", but welcomed reassurances from the club about the safety of travelling fans.

'It is imperative that Leeds United is on the right side of history.

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"Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in southeast Asia and is passionate about English football", managing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement published on the club website on Tuesday.

Two companies owned by Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani, Aser and Eleven Sports, have business partnerships in the region and there are expected to be commercial benefits from the tour. Seventy people died in the country last August, when insurgents attacked police and armed forces.

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

Almost 700,000 of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have fled the country since August because of ongoing military operations in Rakhine. The military continues to deny allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing, claiming it is staging a legitimate crackdown against terrorist groups.

AYA is owned by Zaw Zaw, who has been blacklisted by the United States for his relationship with the former government.

"Far too often sporting events have been used as a cheap PR tool to "sportswash" the stain of a country's human rights record". He is also considered to be a close ally of the current regime and Suu Kyi.