World Saudi money is not for Payet
US to release report fingering Saudi prince in Khashoggi murder
The US director of national intelligence is expected to release a damning report Friday that fingers Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. The classified report is believed to say that, based on intelligence collected by the CIA and other spy bodies, the kingdom's de facto leader directed the assassination of the respected US-based writer in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
It had been stamped "Marseillais à vie" by Jacques-Henri Eyraud. But Dimitri Payet's future remains uncertain. Like Steve Mandanda, the Reunionese playmaker is one of the very high salaries that embarrass OM leaders, and in particular Pablo Longoria. We know that if Eyraud was put aside by the owner Frank McCourt, it is first of all because of the conflict with the supporters, but also because of poor financial management. Now in the front line, Longoria will not make feelings. To make up for the club's deficit, the former sports director will not hesitate to sell the Boubacar Kamara nugget, if a very good offer arrives on the table. And if it is necessary to sacrifice a few historic players, very attached to OM, such as Payet and Mandanda, the new Olympian president will not think long. A reconversion promised in the management team But how to do it? Like Mandanda, Payet is under contract with OM until 2024. He had extended in June 2020, accepting a short-term pay cut (*). And in the agreement is above all a conversion clause, with a sporting director post promised by Eyraud. Which would not please Longoria at all. So how do you manage the Payet case? Sportingly, the French international does not want to hear about a departure, despite the criticism he has recently been the subject of. And even a very large check would not be likely to change the mind of a player who had left West Ham, where he was adored, to return to Marseille. L'Equipe thus confirms that the player has always refused to consider a departure for Saudi Arabia, despite rumors sending him there regularly, with a golden bridge in the key. Clearly, Longoria will not have a huge leeway with Payet in the coming months ... (*) According to L'Equipe, this is a 50% drop with 250,000 euros gross monthly salary this season and 30% with 350,000 euros gross monthly the next. Read also: OM without Thauvin and Mandanda in the Coupe de France The serious accusations of Eyraud
Surveillance fears after Clubhouse app takes Saudi by storm .
Political reform, racism, transgender rights -- the audio app Clubhouse has unleashed unbridled debates about topics deemed dangerously sensitive in Saudi Arabia, but surveillance fears have spooked users in the authoritarian state. Such is the popularity of the app that some users in the kingdom are offering to sell Clubhouse invitations on Twitter, highlighting a repressed appetite for debate and discussion despite the fear of surveillance. "Clubhouse is thriving because there's a plethora of Saudi intellectuals interested in debating multiple topics that could be considered taboo or censored in the public realm," Amani al-Ahmadi, a US-based Saudi-American activ