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Leeds United announce post season Myanmar tour despite government travel warnings

Leeds United have announced a post season tour featuring two friendly matches in Myanmar despite the government warning against travelling to certain areas of the country.

Leeds United home ground at Elland Road Credit: ITV Yorkshire

There has been political unrest in Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma, for several years, and the United Nations is investigating claims of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims, more than half a million of whom have fled the country since last August.

Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in South East Asia and is passionate about English football. They have ambitious goals for grassroots and elite football development that we are delighted to be able to support. This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years."

– Managing Director Angus Kinnear

General Secretary of the Myanmar Football Federation U Ko Ko Thein said they would be very pleased to welcome an English club with the history and heritage of Leeds United.

The football infrastructure in Myanmar continues to improve and develop, and this is an important milestone on our journey, He added.