'Killing Of Khashoggi Was Reprehensible' - LIV Responds To Amnesty International

The statement comes just a day after Amnesty International called Greg Norman's recent comments 'wrong and seriously misguided'

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On Thursday in an exclusive with the Guardian (opens in new tab), Amnesty International, which is the world's leading human rights organisation, criticised Greg Norman's recent controversial comments about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi (opens in new tab) calling them “wrong and seriously misguided".

Now, LIV Golf Investments have responded to the remarks, with a statement to Golf Monthly reading: “The killing of Jamal Khashoggi was reprehensible. Everyone agrees about that, including Greg and he has said as such previously on many occasions. Greg also knows that golf is a force for good around the world and can help make inroads toward positive change. That is why he is so excited about LIV and that was the point he was making.”

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Norman and LIV speak to the media at Centurion Club

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Speaking at the media day at Centurion Club on Wednesday, Norman had faced intense questioning about the murder of Khashoggi at a Saudi Arabian consulate in 2018, as well as the idea of 'sportswashing'.

"Everybody has owned up to it, right? It has been spoken about, from what I've read, going on what you guys reported. Take ownership, no matter what it is," Norman responded. "Look, we've all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward."

Following the remarks on Wednesday, Felix Jakens, Amnesty UK’s head of campaigns, told the Guardian: “Greg Norman’s remarks that the Saudi government’s brutal murder of Khashoggi and its attempted cover-up were a ‘mistake’ are wrong and seriously misguided. Far from trying to ‘move on’, the Saudi authorities have attempted to sweep their crimes under the carpet, avoiding justice and accountability at every turn.

Jakens then also went on to explain the regime's human rights record, the dire situation for LGBTI+ people and how the series "is yet one more event in a series of sportswashing exercises that the Saudi authorities are using to clean its blood-soaked image."

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Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are among the names to request releases for the first Series event

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The first LIV Golf Invitational Series (opens in new tab) is set to get underway at Centurion Club on the 9th - 11th June, although it is still uncertain who will be playing after the PGA declined its members releases (opens in new tab) and the DP World Tour reportedly doing the same.

Robert Garrigus (opens in new tab) was the first known PGA Tour player to formally submit a request to the Tour to compete in the Series. The American was then later joined by Sergio Garcia (opens in new tab), Lee Westwood, Richard Bland, Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson (opens in new tab), who have all publicly requested permission to play at Centurion in June.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.