Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has issued an apology to Karen Carney after the former England international was targeted with social media abuse following a tweet from United’s official account.
Speaking as a pundit on Amazon Prime at Leeds’ 5-0 thrashing of West Brom at the Hawthorns, Carney said: “They (Leeds) out-run 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 posted a clip of the comments while pointing out that they were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship by 10 points.
It triggered a number of abusive tweets towards Carney, but Radrizzani insists that was not the club’s intention and admitted his surprise at the reaction. He also invited Carney to a future game.
The Elland Road chief told talkSPORT presenter Jim White: “I’m very sorry Karen was abused on social media. I wanted to defend my club and our players from a comment, which I felt was harsh from Karen on air.
“Our tweet wasn’t offensive – simply stating that we won the league by 10 points.
“We honestly didn’t expect such a reaction and we are sorry she experienced that. I respect her as a person and a pundit and I hope she understands that we just want to defend our club, we are a family.
“I hope the abuse stops and we can move forward and I hope Karen will be our guest at Elland Road soon – I’d like to meet personally with her.”