Leeds United's post-season tour of Myanmar has led to criticism by some

MNL All-Stars 2-1 Leeds United: The Whites' tour starts with a defeat


Leeds United's controversial post-season tour to Myanmar started in defeat as they lost 2-1 to a Myanmar All-Star XI.

The trip had led to criticism by some, including politicians, due to violent clashes between Myanmar's government troops and militants in several areas of the country.

The Foreign Office have advised against non-essential travel, stating that 'political tension and unrest could happen at short notice' and terrorist attacks 'likely'.

Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan branding the club 'morally corupt' and Amnesty International also described the decision as 'odd'.

The game itself took place at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon with a squad assembled from the best players in the Myanmar domestic league.

Leeds had a mixture of first-team players and youth, although a number of senior players were absent for a variety of reasons.

Hantharwady United's Joseph Mpande opened the scoring for the hosts on 22 minutes. He met a cross from the left to head past Andy Lonergan from close range.

Leeds' deficit didn't last long. Youngster Bryce Hosannah was hacked down in the box, and Samuel Saiz made no mistake from the penalty spot to level the scoring.


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Paul Heckingbottom made a near-full team change on the hour mark when he replaced nine players for the closing stages.

Paudie O'Connor gave away a penalty within seconds of being on the pitch and the All-Stars took the lead again. Christopher fired in from the spot past Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who joined the action at half-time.

16-year-old Ryan Edmondson almost posted an instant response, but his shot from close range was ruled out by the offside flag.

Caleb Ekuban felt that he should have had a penalty when he was fouled on 72 minutes, but the referee opted to give a goal-kick instead.

Leeds pushed for an equaliser in the latter stages but were unable to get past the MNL All-Star defence.

The Myanmar National Team will be the second and final opposition for the Whites with the game taking place in Mandalay on Saturday. The venue is the Mandalar Thiri Stadium.


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Odds correct at 1430 BST (09/05/18)

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