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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Foreign Minister fights for football club

As if Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre didn’t have enough to do: He spent time over the weekend trying to raise money for a financially ailing football (soccer) club in Oslo.

The Skeid club was founded in 1915 and Støre claims it “has played and plays an important role for many people” in Oslo and in the city district of Sagene where it’s based. The club, though, like many others, is in a financial squeeze that may result in bankruptcy.

Støre told newspaper Aftenposten that a bankruptcy would be “a great loss” for children and youth in the district and for the recruitment of good football players in Oslo.

Aftenposten reported last last month that Skeid needs to cut its expenses from NOK 900,000 a month to just NOK 300,000, and that employees have been asked to take a 70 percent paycut.

Støre was taking part in fundraising efforts on Saturday, and making an appearance at a Skeid stand during a Sagene district festival.

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