The proposed takeover of Newcastle United is in doubt as The Times (via NUFC 360) have reported that beIN Sports, the Qatari broadcaster of football games including those from the Premier League, have contacted the English top flight with regards to the would-be owners of the Tyneside club.
Will the Newcastle takeover go through?
As per the outlet, the broadcast partner of England’s highest division have submitted a QC’s opinion to their league chiefs which claims that Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group should fail the owner’s and director’s tests (OTD) as American businessman Henry Mauriss emerged as another candidate to take over from the reigns of Mike Ashley, which would end the CEO of Sports Direct’s tenure of 13 years in the North East.
The legal expert of the broadcaster Stephen Nathan of Blackstone Chambers based in London says that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) supported the television piracy of football games by the satellite TV channel beoutQ, which was accused by Qatar of being run in Saudi Arabia illegally, therefore effectively taking away their broadcasting rights in the Middle East.
The country’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who is on the government board and head of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is set to become a shadow director at St. James’ Park, and beIN are accusing him as well as his board of supporting the beoutQ channel.
Whether the Premier League find this to be true is another question, but if they are proven guilty, then you would indeed have to wonder as to whether the takeover would be approved, however, that decision ultimately lies with the league and not beIN, which could give some fans encouragement.
BeIN’s legal expert, Stephen Nathan of Blackstone Chambers in London, says that the Saudi government supported TV piracy of football matches by the beoutQ operation and would become a shadow director of Newcastle if the takeover is approved. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) June 17, 2020
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