Hatice Cengiz is reportedly ‘confident’ that the Premier League will block the proposed takeover of Newcastle United, according to the Daily Star.
Will the takeover of Newcastle fall through?
As per the outlet, the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has already written several letters addressing the Toon faithful and the top flight, claims that England’s highest division will block the £300 million bid if they follow their own Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT), which deems as to whether the would-be owners are fit and proper to be able to take over a football club, in this case the Magpies.
“My communication with the Premier League achieved results, they acknowledged that they are fully considering my petition,” she said. “I’m confident that if the Premier league follows their own rules they will block the takeover.”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has been accused by Cengiz of being involved in the murder of her fiancee, and says that he should not pass the checks from the league an questioned the morality of NUFC supporters as to whether they would like that kind of person to run their club.
A report from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has found that KSA were running the pirate satellite TV channel beoutQ, which has been responsible for the broadcasting and streaming of Premier League matches illegally, in their own country, therefore breaching their own international laws and confirming the accusations made by Qatar.
However, the report did not find any associations between beoutQ and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) headed by MBS, although this is likely to be a further investigation.
Nevertheless, if Cengiz is proven right, then the prospective takeover may indeed be blocked by the top flight, which would be a huge blow to members of the Toon faithful.
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