A big claim has been dropped on the potential takeover of Newcastle United involving Jamie Reuben.
Reuben is part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group looking to take over at St. James’ Park from Mike Ashley, and a spokesperson for him has spoken to The Guardian in light of the news that he has donated £700,000 to the Conservative Party in the past.
Are the Premier League to blame for the Newcastle takeover collapse?
The spokesperson has told the news outlet that Reuben has not contacted Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the proposed deal between the consortium and Ashley after the Daily Mail had reported that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who is also part of the group, had contacted Mr Johnson with the hope of trying to push the bid through.
Nonetheless, the spokesperson has insisted no such contact took place, at least not involving Reuben: “We’re not denying that Jamie has a relationship with Boris Johnson and they talk, but Jamie is quite specific that he hasn’t contacted or talked to him or Lord Lister about the Newcastle deal.”
What next for the potential Newcastle takeover?
Reuben will seemingly still want the potential takeover of the Tyneside club pushed through if possible, but there are many steps in the way in order for this to happen.
The Magpies need to find out the results of their pending arbitration case against the Premier League over the failed deal, and the KSA’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) need to come back to the table to have any hope of reviving the original bid.
Nonetheless, it is interesting to hear that Reuben has not contacted the PM over the proposed takeover, and fans will have to hope his spokesperson is telling the truth – if it is revealed that the financier is pressuring a politician who he has personally donated towards, it would be extremely easy for the Premier League to paint a picture of corruption in the pending arbitration case.
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