The details of previous letters written to the chief executive of the Premier League Richard Masters about the proposed takeover of Newcastle United have been revealed.
Sent back in April by Fair Square and in June by Human Rights Watch, the letters outlined the concerns that they had about the prospective £300 million deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group.
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However, as per the Human Rights Watch website, the responses were short and also contained language that was identical and failed to engage with their concerns.
Indeed, given that these letters were a couple of months apart, perhaps it is worrying that a similar response was given, as it may point to a lack of progression in terms of the approval of the bid.
The concerns were toward the potential sale of the Tyneside club to the KSA crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), who has previously been accused of being involved in the murder of late journalist Jamaal Khashoggi by his fiancee Hatice Cengiz, and also the human rights record of the KSA in general.
MbS has been questioned as to whether he is a fit and proper person, which would fit in under the guidelines of the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) set out by the top flight.
However, the results of these checks have not yet been disclosed and MbS has not been found guilty of being involved in the murder, so everything is speculation up until this moment in time.
Nevertheless, perhaps it is interesting to find out what exactly has been put forward to Masters as Magpies eagerly await a final decision by the CEO.
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