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Leeds hit out at Carney after the pundit said that they were promoted due to the Covid crisis. While the Championship season had a mid-season break due to the pandemic, Marcelo Bielsa's side were top of the table at the time and were likely to be promoted either way.
The Argentine's teams have found the last months of the season difficult in the past, due to the high demands he places on his players. However, they had won five games in a row before the break last season.
"Promoted because of Covid"
:slight_smile: Won the league by 10 points
:wave: Hi @primevideosport pic.twitter.com/Ctz18sksZA
- Leeds United (@LUFC) December 29, 2020
It is very rare for an official club account to criticise punditry of themselves, and many in the footballing community have denounced the club for doing so.
Former Elland Road star Rio Ferdinand asked for the tweet to be deleted, while ex-England international Darren Bent also criticised the incident. Women in Football also called the tweet, "inciteful and inappropriate," in a statement.
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. Karen Carney is a well-informed pundit. This tweet is inciteful & inappropriate. Not a good look now, or at any time.#WomeninFootball https://t.co/0kosRyCZ9x
- Women in Football (@WomeninFootball) December 30, 2020
It now seems that Leeds are looking to limit the damage from the tweet, although at the time of writing they are yet to delete it.
According to The Times, the club have contacted Carney and invited her to carry out a TV report from their training ground ahead of the FA Cup Third Round match with Crawley Town.
"I love Leeds & the way they play, but it makes them look small."
"If you see some of the comments under that clip, it's unbelievable."
"They've taken the shine off a very good performance. It's poor."
Ade Oladipo & Darren Bent condemn #LUFC's Twitter post about Karen Carney pic.twitter.com/MuFIlitH1A
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 30, 2020
This reaction is reportedly due to staff being shocked by the abuse levelled at Carney following the tweet, despite regularly being outspoken about criticism in the past.
Leeds have since issued a full statement on the matter. As per Phil Hay, it reads as follows:
Leeds United say in a statement that the club "completely condemns any abuse received by Karen Carney on social media following last night's Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion." 1/2- Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 30, 2020
"Everyone at our club respects Karen greatly for all she has achieved in the game, as well as her work in the media and the charity work she undertakes." 2/2- Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 30, 2020
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