Frankfurt clubs breaks contract with Saudia

A German second-division football club has terminated a

short-lived sponsorship contract with the Saudi Arabian national

airline Saudia following protests from Jewish and other local

groups.

The deal with FSV Frankfurt was revealed last week and

immediately came under fire because of a New York Post report that

Saudia refuses to fly Israeli citizens.

FSV Frankfurt said Monday it had asked Saudia for clarification

but had been told to contact the Saudi embassy in Berlin, ”upon

which both sides agreed to terminate the contract by mutual

agreement” immediately. The club did not disclose the value of the

sponsorship deal, which had been negotiated by a management

agency.