• General
  • 21 June 2018

His Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh: My Position as Chairman of the General Sport Authority is a Duty not a Privilege

His Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Sport Authority, posted a number of tweets on his Twitter account clarifying a number of issues on news that were circulated in the last two days.

The General Sport Authority tweeted: “The news of my dismissal was circulated in the last two days ... First: my position was a duty not a privilege. If I this happens, then there are millions like Turki Al-Sheikh, and even better than him”.

He added: “Second: I was pleased that Qatari officials, Muslim Brotherhood, the Mullahs and their sympathizers were happy by this rumor.”

He added: “We work hard every day to please God first and to please our leaders, His Majesty the King, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and our beloved Saudi people. If we err, they forgive us for our diligence and we assume full liability. If we do good, this falls within our duty and we always need their support”.

Al-Sheikh continued: “A number of issues had made me upset in the past period, namely:

“Blatter and his media statements. If I were him, I would be ashamed of myself and would have vanished completely, especially after his shameful exit from the sports world with a scandal.”

“Friends of Platini are trying to reach me. I tell them clearly that I do not have the honor to do so. Platini left the sports field shamefully, for ever.

“In addition, the UEFA President is also trying to meet me and I tell him clearly that I do not like men with too many faces. If you wish to meet, you should take a clear stand on the beIN’s sports monopoly and politicization which you force us to watch without taking into consideration the feelings of 30 million Saudi nationals and Arab countries whose views are being disregarded”.

“As for Mr. Gianni (FIFA President), he is a friend. The Kingdom and I have the greatest respect for him and I hope he presides FIFA for many years”.

I hope that Mr. Gianni reconsiders the TV broadcasting rights in the region and does not allow Al Jazeera network, which sponsors and supports terrorism, and its affiliate beIN to exploit their sports championships broadcasting to violate the FIFA regulations and the principles of fair play in order to implement Qatar’s government agendas”.

Al-Sheikh concluded: “At the end of the day, FIFA is responsible for what beIN broadcasts in case firm and decisive actions are not taken. Much remains to be said about the World Cup 2022”.

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