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Jordan Henderson ‘apologises for offending anybody’ with Saudi move

Former Al Ettifaq star Jordan Henderson has apologised for “offending anybody” with his move to Saudi Arabia.

Just six months after quitting Liverpool, Jordan Henderson left Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq on Thursday in a surprise switch to Dutch side Ajax.

Henderson’s move to the Saudi Pro League was met with fierce criticism due to his long-time support for the LGBT+ community.

Henderson has said that his decision to leave Al Ettifaq and sign for Ajax was “a football decision” and apologised to LGBTQIA+ supporters.

“If any people from that community feel let down or hurt, I apologise. I did that six months ago, I’ll do it again,” Henderson said in a news conference on Friday.

That was never my intention. I had to make a decision based on what I thought was best for me and my family. but I understood it at the same time. But I haven’t changed as a person. … I have the same beliefs.”

Henderson added: “It was very much a football decision. Of course I’ve got to make the decision be for me about what’s best for me and my family as well. I think a lot of people would probably like us to sit here and criticise the Saudi league and everything that went along with that. but that certainly wasn’t the case and that’s something that I’m not going to do.

I’ve got full respect for the league, for any fans of the club, for the people over there who really made us feel welcome. But unfortunately these things in life sometimes just don’t work out in football and in life in general.”

The English midfielder also asked whether he felt “hurt” by the criticism he received after joining Al Ettifaq.

Henderson said: “I am not going to sit here and say I haven’t been hurt. but at the same time I understand it.

But I do care if people might think I don’t, but I actually do care about other people. and I do think a lot about football and how I treat other people and have respect for other people.

So it does hurt of course, but at the same time I totally respect their opinions and how they view me as a person. and I just had to obviously take it on the chin. And that’s all I’ve continued to do. I’ve never tried to hurt anybody. That was never the intention ever.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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