The Australian Harry Kewell signs a contract with Galatasaray during a ceremony in Istanbul.
The Australian Harry Kewell signs a contract with Galatasaray during a ceremony in Istanbul.

Kewell not regretful



New Galatasaray signing Harry Kewell has defended his move to Istanbul, stressing it is not disrespectful to the two Leeds fans who were killed there eight years ago. The former Liverpool winger's transfer to the Turkish club was confirmed on Saturday, sparking criticism that he should have considered the deaths of the pair prior to their Uefa Cup semi-final with Galatasaray in 2000. However, the Australia international, 29, has issued an open letter to Leeds fans insisting he has not been disrespectful.

"My love and respect for Leeds United and what the club has done for me will never change, no matter what anyone says about me and whatever their motives are," said the letter, sent to satellite TV station Sky Sports. "My sense of sorrow and sympathy for the families and friends of Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight will always be with me. "I chose the number 19 shirt when I signed for Galatasaray as a sign of respect for Leeds because that was the number I got when I first became a regular member of the Leeds starting XI.

"I felt that it might be a way to demonstrate that I had not forgotten where it all started and I was hoping that in a small way it would help the healing process of the tragedy that occurred on the April 5 2000. For me, sport should first and foremost be about the love of your game. But equally important is the respect for not only your teammates but all those who you compete against." * PA Sport

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Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3

Battery: 52.6Wh lithium-polymer, up to 18 hours, MagSafe charging

Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD

Video: Support for Apple ProRes, HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10

Audio: 4-speaker system, wide stereo, support for Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and dynamic head tracking (with AirPods)

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yallacompare profile

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Founder: Jon Richards, founder and chief executive; Samer Chebab, co-founder and chief operating officer, and Jonathan Rawlings, co-founder and chief financial officer

Based: Media City, Dubai 

Sector: Financial services

Size: 120 employees

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