Mike Ashley no longer owns Newcastle United after 14 years. Now the powers in the magpie team will be officially exercised by the Public Investment Fund of the Arab Investment Fund, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be informally with the royal family. The cost of buying the entire club is, unofficially, around £300m.
Amnesty International has no doubt that the Public Investment Fund should not become the new owner of Newcastle United. The NGO authorities stand by their position and accuse the Saudi state of violating human rights. “Instead of allowing people implicated in gross human rights abuses into English football simply because they have deep pockets, we have asked the Premier League to re-scrutinize,” Amnesty chief Sasha Deschmukh said.
Khadija Cengiz also criticized the takeover of Newcastle United. She is the bride of the murdered opposition political commentator Jamal Khashoggi, who criticized the Saudis, led by Ibn Salman.
Anyone associated with English football should be against this deal. Because of the crime they have committed, they should not be worthy of it. I will remind you of this because the criminals did not get any punishment and I would like to punish them in a different way. Genghis said: Honoring Jamal’s soul, because he paid his life for the fight for freedom of expression.
Premier League clubs want to hold an extraordinary meeting
Doubts about the changes at Newcastle United also touched on the remaining 19 Premier League clubs. She told the Guardian that they want to hold an extraordinary meeting next week. The meeting will not be aimed at blocking the deal, because it is too late for this, but to get answers to the main questions that have not been forgotten.
Premier League clubs fear the league’s reputation will be damaged by accepting people accused of repeated human rights abuses. Certainly some clubs are also concerned about a very strong new opponent who will not have to take into account the amounts spent on player transfers and salaries.
Communication is also a problem, or rather the lack of it when completing a transaction. League directors Richard Masters and Gary Hoffman have received complaints from Premier League clubs that they have no idea a Newcastle United sale is underway. Although the club’s premiere took place in March 2020, it was withdrawn four months later due to doubts about the league and its clubs. And it seemed that the topic would not return, especially since it did not appear at the league’s shareholders meeting two weeks ago. Clubs learned of the deal on Wednesday from the media, and the league only confirmed the information in an official email Thursday after 5 p.m.
The acquisition of the club also sparked debate in the British Parliament. The opposition Labor Party criticized the deal over an ambiguous opinion about the new owners of Newcastle United. On the other hand, the government insists that since Britain is trading with Saudi Arabia, blocking the deal would be an anomaly.
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