I have been following the Saudi sports press in th…

I have been following the Saudi sports press in the past few days, and there are not much information about the friendly match against Sweden. The Saudi papers said the Swedish team would come without their stars because they are busy with their clubs, which is true, but there more that Saudi papers did not know about. A Scandinavian reader has told me the Swedish press reported that Saudis will pay for the whole trip of the Swedish team to the Middle East, including the accommodation in Abdu Dhabi and the cost for another friendly match against Jordan there. Now I can understand that we will pay them to come to Riyadh, even though that playing against the reserve team might be a total waste of money. But to pay for their trip to the UAE and to play another match there against Jordan? That’s just plain non-sense.

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