Last July, Jordan Henderson announced his move to the Saudi Al-Ettifaq, which caused a huge uproar. He is one of many to announce moves to clubs in the controversial country, but he may have been given extra pepper. The reason is his previous commitment to queerness, having carried the rainbow flag for both England and Liverpool in the past.
So he announced his move to a country where being gay is a criminal offense.
But after playing for the club managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard for six months, he is said to have had enough. More media It is claimed that the Englishman will want to leave Al-Ettifaq, and that he wants to return to the Premier League.
The Telegraph wrote that for Henderson to return home now would cost several million kroner in taxes.
– He only cares about himself
But Henderson does not receive much sympathy from critics and commentators.
– Jordan Henderson's Saudi remorse shows he only cared about himself all along, football commentator Daniel Storey wrote in United Kingdom website I.
He also writes that Henderson may have realized that he had made a big mistake by going to the Middle East. It is believed that Henderson realized that the football was not good enough, that the weather was too hot in the country, and that the public were quite conservative.
Henry Winter, writing for The Times, was also not harsh in his criticism of the former Liverpool captain.
– I don't think there is much sympathy for him. People see hypocrisy, Winter says Talk about sports Podcast.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was asked about his former student. He believed that there was nothing in the rumors.
– Did he hold a press conference and say (he wants to leave)? no. To me that means it's nothing. “We talked, but not about that,” Klopp said after the win over Arsenal in the FA Cup.
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Comment on criticism
Since Henderson's arrival in Saudi Arabia, he has commented on the criticism directed at him. At that time, he was standing for the right choice.
– I'm not going to sit here and say: “Why are they criticizing me?” I understand that. These are all things I have thought about and care about. When I hear things like, “You turned your back on us,” it hurts me. I care about. “I have family and friends in the LGBT+ community,” Henderson said in an interview. The athlete.
He has been visited by many former Liverpool profiles. He is teammates with Gini Wijnaldum, as well as Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who have left for other clubs in the country.
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