Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani has hit out at former England women’s international Karen Carney after she suggested that last season’s COVID-19 shutdown helped the side win promotion to the Premier League.

Carney, speaking in her role as a pundit for Amazon Prime during Leeds’ 5-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, said the team ran the risk of losing steam at the end of the campaign because of its high-tempo style.

“They outrun everyone, and credit to them. My only concern would be, will they blow up at the end of the season like the last couple of seasons?” said Carney, who earned 144 England caps between 2005-2019.

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“I actually think they got promoted because of COVID in terms of it giving them a bit of respite. I don’t know if they’d have got up if they didn’t have that break.”

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