- Leeds United came under fire for calling out a journalist on social media
- The journalist, Karen Carney seemed to suggest Leeds were helped by COVID-19 in their pursuit for promotion
- Renown football stars have since criticized Leeds for their comments on Carney’s punditry
Leeds United football club earned its fair share of criticism online on Wednesday, December 20 after the club’s social media tweeted a message faulting a journalist for her comments.
Amazon Prime pundit Karen Carney came under fire from Leeds’ official social media after claiming the Peacocks were thoroughly helped to promotion in the Premier League by COVID-19.
The English Championship was among the Leagues which were suspended last season as a result of the pandemic.
At the time, Leeds were 10 points clear at the top and in control of their own fate in the race for promotion.
They continued their impressive form to eventually win the championship and promotion to the top tier for the first time in 16 years.
In the build up to Leeds’ game against West Bromwich Albion, Carney seemed to suggest Marcelo Bielsa’s side was lucky the COVID-19 interrupted the fixture schedule.
Leeds responded via their Twitter handle to their 664,000 followers where they sarcastically mocked the journalist and since their tweet went viral, netizens were up in arms for what they thought was a petty move by the club.
Club owner Andrea Radrizzani has since taken responsibility for the tweet as he explained he found Carney’s comments disrespectful.
Rio Ferdinand was among the people who called on Leeds to delete the tweet but at the time of publication of this article, the tweet still stood.
Darren Bent also weighed in on the matter where he said, "It's disgusting, I think. The fact that they can do that," and that it is, "painting them as a target."
The Women in Football network also weighed in on the issue where they claimed Leeds were wrong for ridiculing a journalist’s work.
“Whether you agree with the comment or not, singling out & ridiculing an individual on an official club account is not what we’re here for,” it tweeted. “Karen Carney is a well-informed pundit. This tweet is inciteful & inappropriate. Not a good look now, or at any time.”
Similarly, a number of former and current Leeds players also expressed disgust in Carney’s comments.
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