Leading football pundit Karen Carney has deleted her Twitter account after Leeds United shared an 18-second clip mocking her analysis before she was subjected to online abuse from the club’s fans.
Carney, a 144-cap England international, complimented Leeds’ attacking style during Amazon Prime’s analysis of their 5-0 win over West Brom but suggested that the COVID-19 break had got them promoted.
Leeds’ manager Marcelo Bielsa has form for his sides starting seasons well before running out of gas, something which happened in his first season at Leeds along with time at Bilbao and Marseille.
The COVID-19 hiatus, gave them a chance to rest and rejuvenate before securing their long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Leeds shared a clip of Carney’s remarks captioned: “Promoted because of COVID” and “Won the league by 10 points.”
That post led to large amounts of abusive comments aimed at Carney with one of her friends telling the Guardian that the majority of the abuse was “sexist” and that the nature of it was getting “worse and worse”.
Former Leeds player Rio Ferdinand urged the club to delete the tweet, but it remains on the club’s Twitter page.
The club did, however, say in a statement on Wednesday that they did not condone the abuse Carney was being inundated with.
“Leeds United completely condemns any abuse received by Karen Carney on social media following last night’s Premier League game,” the statement read.
“Everyone at our club respects Karen greatly for all she has achieved in the game, as well as her work in the media and the charity work she undertakes.”