• Former England player said Covid break helped team go up
  • Owner Radrizzani doubles down after club account responds

The Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has defended a club tweet criticising pundit Karen Carney for her claim that they were only promoted to the Premier League “because of Covid”.

Former England international Carney, who won 144 caps, 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 Championship title. Leeds responded on Twitter by mocking Carney’s comments, provoking a backlash from fans who felt that it would encourage online abuse to be directed at her.

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