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Alwaleed gives to football club

RIYADH: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, freed two weeks ago from detention in a luxury hotel during a corruption sweep, said on Tuesday he was answering a government call to support local soccer clubs by donating half a million dollars. Prince Alwaleed spent nearly three months of detention in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton hotel along with dozens of senior officials and businessmen, part of a crackdown on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Alwaleed tweeted a photo of himself on Tuesday watching a football game with his family and said: “Answering my brother Turki Al-Sheikh’s invitation to support Saudi clubs … I present 2 million Saudi riyals ($533,333) to support Al Hilal FC.” Sheikh heads the government’s General Sports Authority and is seen as close to the crown prince. – Reuters
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