Richard Keys has revealed in his latest post on his online blog as to why he thinks that the Premier League may not approve the proposed takeover of Newcastle United.
As per the former Sky Sports now beIN Sports anchor man, he believes that the permanent banning of the Qatari broadcasters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) means that the country have shot themselves in the foot.
Will the Newcastle takeover go through?
Keys cites that beIN Sports is the partner of the English top flight in the Middle East as well as in North Africa and other territories around the world, and so England’s highest division may lose out on viewership in the KSA if they are cannot tune in to the channel.
It also adds to the possibility that residents from the country may not be able to watch live games that the Tyneside club are involved in in the league despite the potential that the KSA crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) would be part-owners up in the North East.
Keys also claims that beIN Sports are one of the biggest investors in the Magpies, which would add fuel to the fire if the Qatar-based broadcaster is no longer available to watch in the KSA.
Whether the Premier League take this into account when they make their final decision is another question for now, but Keys has put the £300 million deal between Mike Ashley and the KSA group in further doubt.
Nevertheless, all is speculation up until this moment in time until an official announcement is made by the top flight.
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