Fulham owner Al Fayed bans Shakhtar Donetsk players from his Harrods store

18 February 2010 02:35
Shakhtar Donetsk will be out for revenge tonight after the team were turned away from London department store Harrods, which is owned by Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.[LNB]The Ukrainian side visited the shop in Knightsbridge on Monday but were told they were not allowed to enter because their group was 'too big and suspicious'.[LNB]Shakhtar, who won the UEFA Cup last year, meet Fulham in the last 32 of the Europa League at Craven Cottage tonight.[LNB] Harrods tomorrow lads: Shakhtar Donetsk players watch Fulham's FA Cup match against Notts County[LNB]A statement on Shakhtar's official website said: 'The players decided to increase the earnings of one of London's reputable shops, Harrods. The footballers have money and were eager to buy a lot, but weren't allowed to enter the shop.[LNB]'All of them were wearing similar tracksuits. The players explained this was the football team and they had no habit of taking tuxedos to the training camp to go shopping. [LNB]'But the explanations were fruitless.' The players continued their shopping trip in another store, 'where the owner was very glad'.[LNB]A Harrods spokesman said the shop did not wish to 'offend or upset visitors', but the 'difficult decision' had been taken 'in the interest of health and safety'.[LNB]Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said: 'I'm surprised to hear it. The chairman normally loves people to spend their money with him!'[LNB]Shakhtar have not played competitively since December 16 owing to a midwinter break. That did not stop them beating Tottenham 3-1 on aggregate at the same stage last year.[LNB]Shakhtar right back Darijo Srna, the Croatia captain, has been linked with Tottenham and Chelsea.[LNB] Srna out to impress Tottenham and Chelsea as Shakhtar star faces FulhamFulham 4 Notts County 0: Zamora's reality check for League Two dreamersMajority back Champions League play-offs idea... but not the big fourFA Cup sixth round draw: Chelsea head for potential showdown with Man CityFULHAM FC

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