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Karen Carney deletes her Twitter account after receiving abuse for a valid football notice


Former England 144-cap winger Karen Carney has deleted her Twitter account after receiving vile abuse for simply doing her job as a football specialist earlier this week.

After expressing an opinion (and a valid opinion, at that) on Leeds United during the broadcast of their recent Premier League clash with West Brom, the club’s official Twitter account shared a short video clip of the cover.

He introduced Carney discussing whether Leeds may have received an unexpected advantage from the forced break of the 2019/20 season brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, helping to seal their promotion to the Championship.

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Leeds got a timely break in their quest for promotion | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Leeds had won five in a row before the lockdown put all football in England for several months and, after a little kick to start “Project Restart”, went on to win their last six games to finish the league lead by 10 points.

This was in stark contrast to the previous season when Leeds, having been at the top of the league until January, ran out of steam in the second half of the campaign – an Achilles heel known to some Marcelo Bielsa sides due to high physical demands of the manager. generally expected.

Leeds haven’t won any of their last four games in 2018/19 and slipped out of automatic promotion spots, before being knocked out of the playoffs by Derby. Whether correct or not, Carney had every right to raise the issue of fatigue and the benefits of rest.

But by sharing the clip, originally uploaded by a Leeds fan account, with dismissive captions, Leeds invited a worst-order Twitter stack.

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Leeds willingly threw Carney to the wolves | Harriet Lander / Copa / Getty Images

Fans trying to defend the club have insisted Carney is not directly named or labeled. No matter. People knew who she was and could easily find her to run their vitriol.

Others also pointed out that Leeds had already called in other experts. No matter. The club, in a position of social responsibility, must be aware that the automatic response to women in football from too many knuckle draggers is sadly a reaction of abuse, sexism and misogyny. They shouldn’t have put Carney in that position because retaliation is much worse for a woman.

Some have said that Leeds cannot be held responsible for the behavior of their fans. No matter. Carney may have been abused anyway because his comments and the clip were already spinning online, but Leeds poured gasoline on the bonfire by effectively legitimizing it.

It got even worse when owner Andrea Radrizzani doubled down and approved. Radrizzani later apologized by using talkSPORT host Jim White as a spokesperson to condemn Carney’s abuse, but the damage was already done.

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Andrea Radrizzani doubled his stake and apologized later | George Wood / Getty Images

Leeds made a statement the afternoon after the original tweet, after seeing the fire burn all night and morning it was like pouring a small cup of water, shrugging and walking away. The club said they “completely condemn” the abuse targeting Carney for doing her job (doing her job well), but still have not apologized for the tweet that actively caused it, nor deleted it. .

Even now he again has not been deleted.

The abuse left Carney with no choice but to opt out of social media.

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