Leeds plan post-season tour of Burma despite security fears
- Leeds are believed to be preparing for a tour to Burma for two friendly matches
- Sportsmail understands Leeds players are concerned about the plans
- Political unrest is rife and the Government advise against travelling there
Jack Gaughan for MailOnline
Leeds United are planning to take the highly unusual step of embarking on a post-season tour of Burma.
Sportsmail understands plans are in place for Paul Heckingbottom’s side to spend around a week in Southeast Asia once the Championship campaign has finished next month.
The tour, which at this stage is believed to comprise of two friendlies, raises obvious security fears and it is understood players are concerned about the trip. Any fears will be addressed by the club.
Plans are in place for Paul Heckingbottom’s Leeds to spend a week in Burma next month
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s company, Eleven Sports, owns a TV rights package in the region.
Political unrest is rife in Burma, with U.N. assistant secretary-general for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, claiming last month that ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims is continuing.
That came after coordinated insurgent attacks on police and army bases last August killed 70 people. The security response drove close to 700,000 into Bangladesh to seek refuge.
There had been hope that Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, who assumed office in March 2016, would bring peace to Burma. The country announced a mass pardoning of 8,500 prisoners last week.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to four separate areas of the country and the Government class Burma as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s company, Eleven Sports, owns a TV package in the region