Karen Carney returns to the screen as a pundit for Match of the Day 2

Karen Carney returns to the screen as a pundit for Match of the Day 2 after deleting her Twitter profile due to sexist abuse sparked by Leeds’ account mocking her analysis

  • Karen Carney returned as a pundit after receiving a barrage of vile sexist abuse
  • Carney appeared on Match of the Day 2 with Mark Chapman and Danny Murphy 
  • The ex-England international deleted her Twitter profile in the wake of the abuse

Karen Carney has returned to the screen as a pundit following the vile sexist abuse she received online.

She appeared on Sunday’s Match of the Day 2 show alongside presenter Mark Chapman and fellow pundit Danny Murphy to analyse the day’s Premier League games.

Carney made a comment on Amazon Prime during Leeds’ 5-0 win against West Bromwich Albion, suggesting the break in last year’s Championship campaign due to Covid-19 helped get the side promoted.

Former England winger Karen Carney returned to punditry on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday

The ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Birmingham star stated that Leeds’ high-octane high-pressing style of play was benefited by the enforced break to the season, which allowed Whites players valuable rest and recovery time.

Leeds then responded using their official account on Twitter criticising that comment, after which the 33-year-old received a barrage of abuse online.

Carney subsequently deleted her Twitter profile, which had 78,000 followers.

The ex-Arsenal, Birmingham and Chelsea star deleted her Twitter account after sexist abuse

But Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani defended Leeds’ response, which the club has staunchly refused to delete.

A Leeds statement read: ‘Leeds United completely condemns any abuse received by Karen Carney on social media following last night’s Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion. 

‘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.’

BT Sport pundit Jake Humphrey passionately defended her on Saturday, criticising the misogynistic abuse she received and calling for acceptance and compassion. 

Carney, who won 144 caps and scored 32 goals for England, is also a columnist for BBC Sport

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