Fulham’s Europa League opponents not allowed into their owner’s shop
Shakhtar Donetsk’s squad were banned from shopping in Harrods after turning up looking suspicious in, erm, team tracksuits. In true you-couldn’t-make-these-things-up fashion the world famous department store is owned by Mohamed Al Fayed, who also owns Fulham, Shakhtar’s Europa League opponents this evening.
A statement on Shakhtar’s website said: “The staff said that the group of customers was too big and suspicious. All of them were wearing similar tracksuits. The players explained that this was the football team and they had no habit of taking tuxedos to the training camp to go shopping. But those explanations were fruitless.
“The players bought the presents for their relatives in another shop and its owner was very glad. We only hope that, if in London clothes so funnily count for the first impression, after the match the Londoners will treat our team with respect.”
Those be fighting words on the mean streets of west London.
A Harrods spokesman claimed the shop was forced to restrict access to large groups during busier periods.