Leeds United insist they ‘utterly condemn’ the web abuse former England worldwide Karen Carney obtained after claiming the Whites solely achieved promotion due to COVID-19.
Carney, who received 144 caps for the Lionesses, mentioned throughout Amazon Prime Sport’s protection of Leeds’ 5-Zero win at West Brom on Tuesday that Marcelo Bielsa’s facet benefited from the coronavirus break in March to win the Sky Guess Championship title.
Carney mentioned after Leeds’ win at The Hawthorns: “They (Leeds) outrun everybody and credit score to them. My solely concern could be, would they blow up on the finish of the season?
“We noticed that within the final couple of seasons and I really suppose they received promoted due to COVID, by way of it gave them a little bit of respite.
“I don’t know whether or not they would have gone up in the event that they didn’t have that break.”
Leeds have typically responded to criticism from pundits by mocking them on social media, however they’re understood to be stunned by the backlash from followers who felt the Tweet would encourage abuse to be aimed toward Carney.
In response, Leeds launched a press release on Wednesday afternoon, which learn: “Leeds United utterly condemns any abuse obtained by Karen Carney on social media following final night time’s Premier League sport with West Bromwich Albion.
“Everybody at our membership respects Karen enormously for all she has achieved within the sport, in addition to her work within the media and the charity work she undertakes.”
In keeping with The Athletic, the Yorkshire facet have spoken to Carney’s representatives and invited her to come back to do a TV report at their Thorp Arch coaching floor earlier than their televised FA Cup third-round match towards Crawley City.
The previous Chelsea and Arsenal winger obtained a barrage of abuse following the Tweet, with Danny Mills and Darren Bent criticising the Championship winners for his or her strategy to the scenario on talkSPORT Breakfast.
Former Leeds and England defender Mills mentioned: “We need to interact with golf equipment, however I feel they should be very, very cautious with what they are saying.
“As pundits all of us say issues and we’re all accountable to what we are saying. If that’s Karen Carney’s opinion, that’s her opinion!
“I don’t agree with it, however I additionally don’t agree with the abuse she’s taken. I’ve seen a few of it, some fairly nasty feedback and abuse over what she mentioned.
“I feel golf equipment do should watch out, they do have a accountability.
“I don’t agree with what Carney mentioned. Leeds would have been promoted it doesn’t matter what final season; it’s so simple as that.
“They have been the perfect group by far within the Championship, they’re the fittest group round, they work extremely onerous, they prepare as much as thrice a day they usually’re taking part in much less video games to allow them to maintain that.
“They’d have received the Championship final yr, they have been on such a roll at that time that no one wished to play towards them, they’d simply have gotten sufficient factors and received promoted.
“It’s not prefer it was Carney’s first sport, both, however I really feel for her as a result of I feel that is going to maintain cropping up and he or she’s going to get numerous abuse.
“It’s tough to say whether or not or not Leeds ought to have commented in any respect, as a result of the place do you draw the road? Do you simply not remark or react to something?
“In the end, individuals should take accountability for themselves.
“A few of these idiotic, ridiculous and vile feedback which might be really utterly irrelevant to what she mentioned and attacking her personally, they’re simply idiots anyhow and they’d have mentioned what they mentioned whether or not Leeds tweeted it or not.
“Sadly we all know that, particularly twitter, social media generally is a very, very poisonous place at instances.”
Former Premier League striker Bent was shocked by Leeds’ conduct, saying their submit ‘wasn’t banter’ and criticising the membership’s social media admin for ‘hanging Karen out to dry’.
“I feel it’s disgusting, the very fact they [Leeds] can try this,” Bent informed talkSPORT on Wednesday afternoon. “Now, I perceive a little bit little bit of banter is OK, however that wasn’t banter. That was throwing any individual below the bus and portray them as a goal
“The very fact they’ve hung Karen out to dry there, I don’t like that in any respect.
“I feel golf equipment’ official Twitter accounts ought to be stored for after they announce the groups, behind the scenes stuff and when gamers go into the neighborhood, issues like that – issues that create a really feel good issue across the membership.”