Reports suggest that Fabinho’s move from Liverpool to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia is facing delays due to his pets. The Brazilian footballer is keen to follow in the footsteps of other Premier League players who have made lucrative moves to the Middle East, but he is seeking clarity on whether he can take his two French bulldogs with him.
Saudi Arabia has strict rules regarding the import of animals, and “dangerous and aggressive dogs” such as Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are banned. It is unclear whether French Bulldogs are classified in the same group. A document leaked on Twitter labelled “Bringing pets to Saudi Arabia” states that dogs are only allowed to enter if they are used for hunting, serve as guard dogs, or are “seeing-eye dogs” for the blind.
Fabinho’s two dogs are not trained for any of these purposes, raising doubts about whether they will be allowed into the country. The footballer is reportedly seeking further clarity on the matter before signing his £40 million contract with Al-Ittihad.
Until Fabinho is given a definitive answer on whether he can bring his pets with him, he will continue to stall signing his contract. Liverpool, who are in the midst of a midfield rebuild, will be watching the situation closely, as they may need to reassess their options if Fabinho’s move falls through.
It remains to be seen whether Fabinho will be able to take his furry family with him to Saudi Arabia or if he will need to find a new home for his beloved pets. Fans of the footballer and animal lovers alike will be hoping for a positive outcome.