Phil Hay shares Karen Carney update after Leeds owner Radrizzani invite to Thorp Arch
Karen Carney is unlikely to be able to visit Thorp Arch after Andrea Radrizzani invited the pundit to the Leeds United training ground last month, according to Phil Hay.
Former England international Carney was the subject of vile sexist abuse on social media after Leeds’ official Twitter account mocked her for her comments about COVID-19 helping the Whites win promotion last season.
As a way of apology for the abuse she received, Leeds owner Radrizzani invited Carney to Leeds’ training complex for her comments on Amazon Prime’s coverage of the 5-0 win away at West Brom.
However, The Athletic journalist Hay says he doesn’t think Carney has accepted Radrizzani’s invite – mainly because of COVID-19 procedures.
Writing on The Athletic website, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter said: “I don’t think so. I haven’t seen a report from her anywhere. Covid restrictions are getting tighter and tighter so it’s not easy for people outside the bubble to go into training.”
End of an ugly episode?
In terms of this particular incident, we hope that it’s all over but Leeds’ Twitter admin’s decision to mock Carney essentially highlights how prevalent sexism is in football.
We should be able to live in a world where a pundit’s ill-thought comments are called out upon without having to worry about the kind of abuse that follows.
It’s fine to disagree, it’s fine to argue and it’s fine to criticise. But bringing her sex into the discussion was not on at all.
Male pundits say stupid things all the time. Look at Gabriel Agbonlahor. He cannot stop himself from spouting pure nonsense about the Yorkshire club but his sex doesn’t get mentioned once.
Carney said something that was wrong about Leeds and, if anything, we think that she was trying to make a different point but didn’t get her words right. If she said that the COVID-19 break helped Leeds players recharge ahead of the final nine matches last term, that would have been a fair enough shout because it probably did.
She didn’t deserve the abuse she got and Leeds’ Twitter team should have known what they were letting her in for with that tweet.
In other Leeds United news, Kaveh Solhekol’s claim about the Leeds finances has been rubbished by a more local source.