Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder apologises to Leeds fans for promoting knives
Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder has apologised to Leeds' fans after promoting a club-branded knife set that he is endorsing.
Leeds today marked 15 years since the deaths of supporters Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, who were stabbed by a Turkish man ahead of their side's UEFA Cup clash with Galatasaray in April 2000.
A minute's silence preceded Leeds' Sky Bet Championship fixture with Blackburn, but United fans were enraged this morning when Holland international Sneijder tweeted a picture of a Gala-branded knife set which carried his image, saying the item was now "finally" available for sale.
His Tweet was met with an angry response from Leeds fans and was soon deleted, and Sneijder wrote to one supporter apologising, saying: "@Leedsu1Ross Very sorry. I didn't know this and deleted our promotion for the merchandise kitchen item. #Respect."
Ali Umit Demur was jailed for 15 years for the deaths of Loftus and Speight, while four other men were jailed for their part in the attack.