Leeds United insist they ‘completely condemn’ the online abuse former England international Karen Carney received after claiming the Whites only achieved promotion because of COVID-19.
Carney, who won 144 caps for the Lionesses, said during Amazon Prime Sport’s coverage of Leeds’ 5-0 win at West Brom on Tuesday that Marcelo Bielsa’s side benefited from the coronavirus break in March to win the Sky Bet Championship title.
Carney said after Leeds’ win at The Hawthorns: “They (Leeds) outrun everyone and credit to them. My only concern would be, would they blow up at the end of the season?
“We saw that in the last couple of seasons and I actually think they got promoted because of COVID, in terms of it gave them a bit of respite.
“I don’t know whether they would have gone up if they didn’t have that break.”
Leeds have often responded to criticism from pundits by mocking them on social media, but they are understood to be surprised by the backlash from fans who felt the Tweet would encourage abuse to be aimed at Carney.
In response, Leeds released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, which read: “Leeds United completely condemns any abuse received by Karen Carney on social media following last night’s Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion.
“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.”
According to The Athletic, the Yorkshire side have spoken to Carney’s representatives and invited her to come to do a TV report at their Thorp Arch training ground before their televised FA Cup third-round match against Crawley Town.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal winger received a barrage of abuse following the Tweet, with Danny Mills and Darren Bent criticising the Championship winners for their approach to the situation on talkSPORT Breakfast.
Former Leeds and England defender Mills said: “We want to engage with clubs, but I think they have to be very, very careful with what they say.
“As pundits we all say things and we’re all accountable to what we say. If that is Karen Carney’s opinion, that’s her opinion!
“I don’t agree with it, but I also don’t agree with the abuse she’s taken. I’ve seen some of it, some quite nasty comments and abuse over what she said.
“I think clubs do have to be careful, they do have a responsibility.
“I don’t agree with what Carney said. Leeds would have been promoted no matter what last season; it’s as simple as that.
“They were the best team by far in the Championship, they are the fittest team around, they work incredibly hard, they train up to three times a day and they’re playing less games so they can sustain that.
“They’d have won the Championship last year, they were on such a roll at that point that nobody wanted to play against them, they would easily have got enough points and got promoted.
“It’s not like it was Carney’s first game, either, but I feel for her because I think this is going to keep cropping up and she’s going to get a lot of abuse.
“It’s difficult to say whether or not Leeds should have commented at all, because where do you draw the line? Do you just not comment or react to anything?
“Ultimately, people have to take responsibility for themselves.
“Some of those idiotic, ridiculous and vile comments that are actually completely irrelevant to what she said and attacking her personally, they are just idiots anyhow and they would have said what they said whether Leeds tweeted it or not.
“Sadly we know that, especially twitter, social media can be a very, very toxic place at times.”
Former Premier League striker Bent was shocked by Leeds’ conduct, saying their post ‘wasn’t banter’ and criticising the club’s social media admin for ‘hanging Karen out to dry’.
“I think it’s disgusting, the fact they [Leeds] can do that,” Bent told talkSPORT on Wednesday afternoon. “Now, I understand a little bit of banter is OK, but that wasn’t banter. That was throwing somebody under the bus and painting them as a target
“The fact they’ve hung Karen out to dry there, I don’t like that at all.
“I think clubs’ official Twitter accounts should be kept for when they announce the teams, behind the scenes stuff and when players go into the community, things like that – things that create a feel good factor around the club.”
Title: Leeds United ‘completely condemn’ the torrent of abuse Karen Carney received on Twitter in response to a tweet on their official account
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Published Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2020 15:46:54 +0000