Sheffield United: Prince Abdullah reveals he feels 'offended' when bin Laden family is described as a 'dirty family' as he reveals he'd be happy to do business with them in future

Prince Abdullah, the new sole owner of Sheffield United, has revealed he feels ‘offended’ when people view the bin Laden family in a negative light after admitting he would be happy to do business with them in the future.

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 3:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th September 2019, 3:29 pm
HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud © BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

The Saudi prince made the revelation this afternoon as he faced the media for the first time since Monday’s High Court verdict, when he was officially handed control of United over his former business partner, Kevin McCabe.

During their bitter battle it was revealed in court that the Prince obtained a loan from the bin Laden family, who are connected with the Saudi royal family and disowned their son, the terrorist Osama, in the mid 1990s.

The revelation caused many media headlines around the case, but the Prince revealed today that the bin Laden family looked at buying a stake in the Blades.

“I get offended when people think bin Laden is a bad name,” the Prince said. “It’s a really good family. It had a black sheep as most families do but it’s a really respectable family and if I do business with them again, I’d be happy to.

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“It’s not a disgraced name. I was trying to help Kevin sell his shares, I never put mine for sale. The family were looking to buy Kevin’s shares, and the million they put was a downpayment to give them time to do due diligence and if they decided not to buy, the money was to be used as a loan for a year without any interest.

“I’m usually tolerant but when people talk about bin Laden as a dirty family I get offended. It’s not my family to support but I think it’s the right thing to say.”