Leeds responded by posting a clip of her punditry pointing out that the club had won English football’s second-tier division by 10 points alongside a puzzled emoji. The tweet also tagged Amazon Prime Video Sport and put a waving emoji next to it.
“Kaz [Carney] is one of the best around and always backs up her argument. This is just inviting unwarranted abuse on a platform which is already too toxic.”
Despite the fall-out, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani doubled down on the club’s post which has been retweeted more than 10,000 times.
“I consider that [Carney’s] comment completely unnecessary and disrespectful to our club and particularly to the fantastic hard work of our players and coaches whom were understanding on the pitch for the last two championship seasons by all stats.”
Radrizzani was backed up by current star Mateusz Klich and former player Ben White who both mocked Carney’s comments with emojis on Twitter.
However, people pointed out the double standard in the way male and female pundits were often treated.
CNN has reached out to Leeds for comment but has yet to receive a response.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is known for his high-intensity tactics which, in the past, have sometimes caused his teams to suffer burnout at the end of the season. The Championship season was halted on March 13, due to the coronavirus pandemic, before resuming on June 20.
Carney had credited Bielsa’s side for its performances this year but questioned whether the team could maintain it for the entire season.
“They (Leeds) out-run everyone and credit to them,” she said on Amazon Prime. “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.”
Whilst some agreed with Carney’s assessment, others used discriminatory language to discredit her.
Carney is yet to publicly speak about the incident and her representatives are yet to respond to CNN’s request for comment.
CNN has also reached out to Twitter for comment but is yet to receive a response.
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