It was while he was in London in 1994 in search of funding for terrorist ventures that he became fanatical about Arsenal and was a regular at Highbury's Clock End for their home games. He was reportedly on the terraces during the north London side's run up to the final of the European Cup Winners Cup, according to the book Bin Laden:Behind the Mask of Terrror by Adam Robinson.
The man who was involved in a plot to massacre the American and British teams at the 1998 World Cup in France apparently told friends that he had never seen passion like that of football fans. The Arsenal games were the first he had seen since he had taken an interest in football during kickarounds while growing up in the Middle East.
He became so smitten with the team that he bought a replica shirt for his eldest son and other gifts from the club's souvenir shop before narrowly avoiding extradition to Saudi Arabia and returning to Sudan.
|The Arsenal 1994 team|