Awkward Lee Westwood tweet about Super League resurfaces amid Saudi LIV series

Lee Westwood has been getting plenty of grief since signing up for the controversial Saudi-backed LIV series, but the criticism has gone up a gear since an old tweet he posted about the European Super League resurfaced.

The Englishman is among a number of household names to have defected to the newly-formed, mega-lucrative breakaway golf tour – which critics have branded a blatant attempt at sportswashing by the gulf state.

Fans were quick to label Westwood a hypocrite, particularly after he appeared to condemn a similar money-driven breakaway in football last year after tweeting a GIF of a man making 'snow angels' on a floor full of cash, along with the caption: "European Super League."

"Funny how principles go out the window when a load of cash is involved," one person tweeted.

"Do as I say, not as I do. Lovely bit of hypocrisy from Westwood here," posted another, while a third said: "The Super League was meant as a cautionary tale Lee, not a how-to guide!"

"This tweet aged worse than Freddy Adu," wrote a fourth, in reference to the former football wonderkid turned journeyman.

During a pre-tour press conference earlier this week, Westwood looked indignant after having his morals questioned by reporters, and sought to defend his decision to join the breakaway competition.

In one particularly frosty exchange, Westwood and fellow LIV series defector Ian Poulter were asked: "Is there anywhere in the world you wouldn't play? If Vladimir Putin had a tournament, would you play there?"

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Westwood paused, before awkwardly replying: "That's just speculation, I'm not even going to comment on speculation." The reporter hit back, asking Westwood whether he would have played golf in apartheid-era South Africa.

"You're just asking us to answer hypothetical questions, which we can't answer," Westwood responded angrily.

The situation has parallels elsewhere in sport. In April last year, European football was rocked after 12 of the world's biggest clubs – including six from England – broke away from UEFA to set up a tournament intended to rival the Champions League, from which relegation was impossible.

The news prompted a fierce backlash, particularly in England where fans outright rejected the proposed format which effectively guaranteed competitive and financial stability for the founding members, and over the next few days, nine of the 12 clubs withdrew, resulting in the unofficial collapse of the enterprise.

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