John Nicolson MP has suggested in a discussion with the CEO of the Premier League Richard Masters that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) should not pass the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) because he does not think that he is a fit and proper person to be owner of Newcastle United.
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Speaking to the top flight chief (via Rob Harris), Nicolson cited former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson as not passing the fit and proper person test when he tried to take over his beloved Doncaster Rovers with the then chairman John Ryan, but the pop star failed to raise the £2 million required, as per The Guardian.
Nicolson has argued that the accusations against MbS are far worse than not being deemed a fit and proper person for not having enough money, and so the Saudi prince should not pass the ODT in his eyes.
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MP @MrJohnNicolson to Premier League CEO Richard Masters: "You could find yourself in a position where @Louis_Tomlinson has been blocked from taking over a club but the grizzly Prince Mohammed bin Salman … passes the fit & proper test" pic.twitter.com/Jlyl7RSIHN
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 30, 2020
MbS has been accused of being involved in the murder of journalist Jamaal Khashoggi by his fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who has written several letters to the top flight claiming that he should not be deemed a fit and proper person because of this.
Not having enough money to fund the deal and possibly being involved in a murder are two completely different things, but if MbS is found to be associated with Khashoggi’s death then it is arguable that he may not be deemed a fit and proper person by England’s highest division.
Nevertheless, the final decision lies solely with the league and not Nicolson, and only time will tell as to what the outcome will be.
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