LJUBLJANA/OSLO (Dagbladet): On Friday afternoon, Sheffield United published a photo, in which, among other things, the national team’s Sander Berge figured, in which they congratulated Saudi Arabia on their national day.
The image, which was posted on Sheffield United’s Twitter account, caused strong reactions, with several supporters urging the club to delete the message.
At the national team’s press conference in Slovenia, Berge was asked what it was like to be used in the club team’s congratulations.
– I haven’t realized that. I have traveled to Slovenia and trained well today. There are less than 24 hours until an important match and I choose to focus on that, Berge replied.
Sheffield United is owned by Abdullah bin Musaid Al Saud, who is part of the Saudi Arabian royal family.
Several are critical of Sheffield United allowing themselves to be used for sports laundering, and to be associated to a high degree with the Saudi Arabian regime.
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