Matt Cooper: Sportswashing tactics helping filthy rich petrol states clean up left, right and centre

Whether it’s golf, rugby or soccer, it seems that every successful club and a growing number of sports stars are backed by petrol states with shady human rights records

LIV easy-money takers Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson finished in joint second place at last weekend’s Augusta Masters. Picture: Patrick Smith/Getty

Saudi Arabia has reason to be confident that its sportswashing project is succeeding. As does Abu Dhabi. And as, in time, might Qatar.

Saudi Arabia’s biggest investment has been in the controversial LIV tour, an alternative to the PGA in the US and World Tour in Europe. It has not just attracted golfers on the career downswing, but some who remain relevant to the sport’s four biggest events, the majors, to the horror of the ...