Newly-promoted Sheffield United ‘bankrolled with £3m loan by Osama bin Laden’s family’

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SHEFFIELD UNITED have been bankrolled by a £3million loan from Osama bin Laden's family.

Relatives of the infamous former Al Qaeda leader — who was killed by US Navy Seals in 2011 — are linked to the Yorkshire club in staggering revelations in court.

Newly-promoted Sheffield United ‘bankrolled with £3m loan by Osama bin Laden’s family’AP:Associated Press2 Osama bin Laden was the infamous leader of Al Qaeda and killed by US Navy Seals in 2011
Newly-promoted Sheffield United ‘bankrolled with £3m loan by Osama bin Laden’s family’PA:Empics Sport2 Kevin McCabe is in the midst of a High Court battle for control of the club

Co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdulla Bin Mossad Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is a member of the Saudi royal family, are in a High Court scrap over the control of the club.

And now the Blades have been promoted back to the riches of the Premier League, that battle seems only to intensify.

At the centre of the wrangle seems to be a £3m loan and whether McCabe knew this money was coming from the family of the extremist.

Bin Laden — who is understood to have been an Arsenal fan — masterminded the appalling terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

KNEW MONEY WAS FROM EXTREMISTS

Abdullah's barrister, Andreas Gledhill QC said he: "knew the money had come from another source, namely a member of the Bin Laden family."

The court was also read emails where a colleague of McCabe said he would hate to read the headline: "Blades launder money for extremists."

McCabe is understood to have invested around £100m and the court heard that he and Prince Abdullah now own a 50-50 stake in the club.

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The trial continues after the Blades were promoted to the Premier League after finishing second behind Norwich City.

Leeds' draw against Aston Villa confirmed Sheffield United would occupy the second automatic promotion place.

And now they are set to be exposed to the millions in broadcast revenues in the top flight.

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