GOLF legend Greg Norman has sparked fury after claiming “we’ve all made mistakes” when questioned about the 2018 murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The former world No 1 spoke at an event promoting the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, golf’s version of the European Super League.Ex-golfer Greg Norman, 67, has sparked fury over his comments on murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi[/caption] Khashoggi was murdered in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul[/caption]
Norman, 67, is CEO of the series which is being injected with cash by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
And his words have led to widespread condemnation.
Speaking at Centurion Club, the first venue for the controversial new series, Norman said: “Everybody has owned up to it, right?
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“It has been spoken about, from what I’ve read, going on what you guys reported. Take ownership, no matter what it is.
“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”
Norman was then questioned on his feelings towards 81 men being executed on a single day in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.
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But speaking on the shocking acts, the two-time Open winner said he doesn’t “look back” and refuses to wage into politics.
He claimed: “I got a lot of messages but quite honestly I look forward. I don’t look back. I don’t look into the politics of things.
“I’m not going to get into the quagmire of whatever else happens in someone else’s world. I heard about it and just kept moving on.”
Norman revealed he didn’t have a problem if players joining his golf series spoke out on human rights issues.
But he also urged people to speak out on the “good” Saudi Arabia is doing to improve the human rights record on the country.
He continued: “Every player is entitled to their opinion and their voice.
“This whole thing about Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi and human rights, talk about it, but also talk about the good the country is doing to change its culture.
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“There’s not many countries that can stand up and be proud of that.
“They can’t be proud of their past — there’s a lot of countries in this world that have a cross to bear too — but they are looking after the younger generation.”