'It's a really good family' - Sheffield United owner launches defence of the Bin Ladens - just days after 9/11 anniversary
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'It's a really good family' - Sheffield United owner launches defence of the Bin Ladens - just days after 9/11 anniversary

THE OWNER of English football club Sheffield United has defended the Bin Laden name after claiming the family of terrorist mastermind and former Al Qaeda leader Osama is "a really good" one.

Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (or simply Prince Abdullah to be a little snappier) says he "gets offended" when people look at the Bin Laden name in a bad light, claiming that Osama was nothing more than the "black sheep" according to the Mirror.

The Saudi Prince, who bought the club back in 2013, is believed to have a close relationship with some members of the Bin Laden family, and confirmed that he had no problem doing business with them.

"I get offended when people think bin Laden is a bad name, it’s a really good family," he said.

"It had a black sheep as most families do but it’s a really respectable family and if I do business with them again, I’d be happy to", he said.

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"It’s not a disgraced name," he insisted.

His comments have cause outraged among many United fans who are unimpressed with their new owner's apparent friends.

Prince Abdullah owns 50% of the club and is currently locked in a battle for total ownership with other major stakeholder Kevin McCabe.

It was revealed in May that the Bin Laden family were attempting to purchase some of McCabe's shares.

"The family were looking to buy Kevin’s shares, and the million they put was a downpayment to give them time to do due diligence and if they decided not to buy, the money was to be used as a loan for a year without any interest.

"I’m usually tolerant but when people talk about bin Laden as a dirty family I get offended.

"It’s not my family to support but I think it’s the right thing to say," he added.

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Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by US Special Forces in 2011 after an almost decade-long hunt for him following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.