Saudi football club ends sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways

Al Ahli FC renewed sponsorship deal in last month
Saudi football club ends sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways
Saudi Arabias Al-Ahlis midfielder from Iraq Saad Abdulameer Al Dobjahawe scores a penalty during the AFC Champions League Group C football match between UAEs Al-Ahli football team and Saudi Arabias Al-Ahli club at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on May 29, 2017. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
By Neil Halligan
Mon 05 Jun 2017 10:00 AM

Leading Saudi football club Al Ahli has terminated its sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways after the country’s government in Riyadh cut all diplomatic ties with Doha.

In a brief statement on the club’s Twitter account, Al Ahli FC said that it had ended the sponsorship deal based on directions from the Saudi government.

The announcement comes after Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its relationship with Iran and its support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al Ahli signed the sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways in October 2014, which saw the Doha carrier’s branding appear on the club’s shirts.

The deal was renewed last month, through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Qatar Airways currently operates 151 weekly flights to eight key cities in Saudi Arabia.

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