Leeds have condemned on-line abuse aimed toward Karen Carney after a membership tweet questioned her feedback as a pundit.
Carney mentioned Leeds “out-run” opponents and an enforced relaxation throughout soccer’s pause through the Covid-19 pandemic aided their promotion push final season.
The Ladies in Soccer Group mentioned Leeds’ tweet was “inappropriate”.
Membership proprietor Andrea Radrizzani had defended the tweet however the membership mentioned it “fully condemns” any abuse Carney has acquired on social media.
“Everybody at our membership respects Karen enormously for all she has achieved within the recreation, in addition to her work within the media and the charity work she undertakes,” the Premier League membership mentioned.
Carney, who gained 144 England caps, made her feedback throughout Tuesday’s Amazon Prime broadcast of Leeds’ 5-0 win over West Brom within the Premier League.
Soccer within the UK was on maintain between March and June due to the coronavirus pandemic and Carney, 33, mentioned of Leeds: “They out-run everybody and credit score to them. My solely concern could be will they blow up on the finish of the season?
“We noticed that the final couple of seasons. I truly suppose they bought promoted due to Covid when it comes to it gave them a little bit of respite. I do not know if they’d have gotten up in the event that they did not have that break.”
Leeds gained the Championship by 10 factors in 2019-20. They gained seven and drew one in every of their 9 Championship matches when soccer resumed in June following the preliminary Covid-19 lockdown. That they had gained six and drawn one in every of their 9 fixtures earlier than the lockdown.
Leeds’ tweet sharing footage of Carney’s feedback tagged the account of Amazon Prime, for whom she works as a pundit. Former participant Rio Ferdinand was amongst those that referred to as on the membership to delete the submit, which has been re-tweeted 11,500 instances.
Others within the media mentioned the tweet was inflammatory and would invite criticism of former Birmingham, Arsenal and Chelsea winger Carney on social media.
Tennis commentator David Regulation tweeted: “Did you actually need to tweet one thing like this and invite a pile-on?”
French journalist Philippe Auclair wrote: “To publish such a tweet on an official membership account was already questionable, to say the least. To maintain it there when its goal is receiving abuse which was prompted by your tweet is just mistaken.”
Radrizzani, replying to a tweet which mentioned Leeds needs to be “ashamed” of their actions, wrote: “I take the accountability of the membership tweet.
“I think about that remark [from Carney] fully pointless and disrespectful to our membership and notably to the incredible arduous work of our gamers and coaches.”
The Ladies in Soccer group tweeted: “Whether or not you agree with the remark or not, singling out and ridiculing a person on an official membership account is just not what we’re right here for. Karen Carney is a well-informed pundit. This tweet is inciteful and inappropriate. Not an excellent look now, or at any time.”
Brighton defender Ben White – an ever-present on mortgage at Leeds final season – shared footage of Carney’s feedback together with ‘laughing’ emojis.
Leeds’ win over West Brom lifted them to eleventh within the Premier League with 23 factors from 16 video games.
Solely six newly-promoted groups in Premier League historical past have picked up extra victories than Leeds’ seven at this stage of a marketing campaign.