Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli FC pulls Qatar Airways sponsorship
Following news that Saudi Arabia will cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, football team Al-Ahli Saudi FC has announced it will no longer be sponsored by Qatar Airways.
The news was announced on the football club’s official Twitter page @AL_AHLI_FC.
يعلن النادي الأهلي السعودي عن فسخ عقد الرعاية المبرم بين النادي الأهلي وشركة الخطوط القطرية، وذلك اتباعاً لتوجهات حكومتنا الرشيدة. pic.twitter.com/gVRgWZty8h— النادي الأهلي (@ALAHLI_FC) June 5, 2017
In the tweet, a representative from the football club states that the decision to end its sponsorship with Qatar Airways was based on direct instructions from the Saudi government.
The news comes just hours after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE revealed that they are officially cutting diplomatic with the nation as a result of Qatar’s “flagrant violation” of international law.
According to Saudi Arabia Press, the nation decided to cut diplomatic relations as well as land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar as a result of “serious and systematic violations committed by the authorities in Doha.”
In the UAE, the nation’s capital airline has announced that all flights to and from Qatar will be suspended from tomorrow (June 6).
In a statement given to Arabian Business, a spokesperson for Etihad Airways said it would suspend its flights to and from Doha from tomorrow morning “until further notice”.
According to the spokesperson, the last flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart at 02:45am (local time) on 6 June, and the last flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart at 04:00am (local time) on 6 June.
All Etihad flights today (June 5) will operate as normal, the spokesperson added.
“All customers who are booked on Etihad Airways flights to and from Doha are being provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Etihad Airways destinations,” the spokesperson said.