Rob Draper has made a fairly worrying claim on the proposed £300m takeover of Newcastle United by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium.
The Daily Mail journalist had tweeted that he thinks this is the ‘endgame’ for the prospective deal between Mike Ashley and the KSA group after the news emerged that the Premier League had decided to extend its current Middle East/North Africa (MENA) TV deal with Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports until 2025, despite objections from the Magpies.
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Draper went on to tweet that he thinks that in terms of the Saudis, the ‘PL will block them from owning Newcastle’, unless the country reverse their years of boycott and animosity to Qatar and allow beIN to broadcast in the Kingdom.
He also claimed that unless there is a dramatic Qatar-Saudi peace deal on the cards, which he thinks is unlikely, then he cannot see a way to overcome the legal objection, which could well spell a worrying time for the hopes of fans in the North East with regards to the takeover being pushed through.
Well unless the Saudis reverse years of boycott + animosity to Qatar + allow BeIN to broadcast in Saudi, PL will block them from owning Newcastle. So, unless there’s a dramatic Qatar-Saudi peace deal on cards, (seems unlikely), there’s no way to overcome that legal objection
— Rob Draper (@draper_rob) December 17, 2020
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Given the conflicts between England’s highest division and the KSA over piracy issues caused by the illegal streaming of matches from the English top flight in the Gulf country, added to the already quite strained relationship that the Saudis have with Qatar, it would perhaps be pretty difficult now to find a solution that would push through the takeover.
However, there is still some form of hope that remains that it can be still be resurrected, but the legal disputes between the Magpies and the PL itself would likely have to be settled in a legal court case in front of a judge.
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