Prince Abdullah buys into third tier Sheffield United

Updated 03 September 2013

Prince Abdullah buys into third tier Sheffield United

LONDON: Sheffield United received a financial boost on Tuesday after Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud bought a 50 percent stake in the third-tier English soccer club and promised fresh investment.
Prince Abdullah will become co-chairman of the northern English club, nicknamed the Blades, with current owner Kevin McCabe and plans to make a substantial investment to try to return them to the Premier League from which they were relegated six years ago.
“We are thrilled to be building this new partnership for Sheffield United with Prince Abdullah, who shares our vision for the Blades to join the top tier of English football,” local businessman McCabe said in a statement.
Wealthy groups from the Gulf have invested in a number of clubs in England, France and Spain in recent years, with mixed results.


Uefa to investigate Turkish footballers’ military salute in Euro-qualifier against Albania

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Uefa to investigate Turkish footballers’ military salute in Euro-qualifier against Albania

  • Turkey’s 1-0 win in Istanbul came on Friday, amid Turkish army clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria
  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had planned to attend the Euro qualifying match between France and Turkey this evening, but has now canceled his attendance

LONDON: Europe’s football governing body Uefa says it will investigate a military salute given by Turkey footballers after Everton star Cenk Tosun scored a goal against Albania.
Turkey’s 1-0 win in Istanbul came on Friday, amid Turkish army clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
Tosun posted the salute photo on Instagram, with the message: “For our nation, especially for the ones who are risking their lives for our nation.”
Uefa does not allow political gestures.
The win keeps Turkey at the top of its group in the Euro 2020 qualifying matches.
On Wednesday Turkey launched a major offensive in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Dozens of civilians and fighters have been killed on both sides.

Uefa spokesman Philip Townsend told Italian news agency Ansa the Turkish salute “could seem like a provocation.”
“I can guarantee that we will examine this situation,” he said.
Turkey’s military push is now overshadowing the Euro qualifying match between France and Turkey, set for Monday evening in Paris.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had planned to go, but has now canceled his attendance.