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Sheffield United bankers sought answers over Bin Laden money reports, court told

Sheffield United's bankers asked for an explanation, following reports that the club was linked to money from a Saudi businessman related to former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a High Court judge has heard.

Mr Justice Fancourt, who is overseeing a dispute between Sheffield United's co-owners, was told on Wednesday how Santander had contacted the club in the wake of media reports about a link to money from the bin Laden family.

A lawyer told him how Santander "wanted an explanation".

Sheffield United's co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2013 Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

Co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, have fallen out after starting to work together six years ago.

Mr Justice Fancourt is analysing their fight for control of the newly-promoted Premier League club, whose nickname is The Blades, at a High Court trial in London.

Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Sheffield United Ltd, a company controlled by Mr McCabe and his family, has alleged "conspiracy" and "unfairly prejudicial conduct", and wants damages.

UTB LLC, a company controlled by Prince Abdullah, wants declarations in respect of its rights under an investment and shareholders' agreement.

Prince Abdullah says the person behind a £3 million loan was Saleh Mohammed bin Laden.

He says Mr McCabe and his associates knew that, and says the name was mentioned at a meeting in Dubai in 2017.

Mr McCabe disputes Prince Abdullah's claims.

He says the money was a "bribe" given to Prince Abdullah by a different businessman.

Detail of claims and counter claims about the bin Laden link emerged during the trial last week.