Amanda Staveley has given an insight on some potential issues with the proposed takeover of Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Staveley speaks out
Staveley, who is part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group looking to take over at St James’ Park, has now given a number of public interviews ahead of the club’s arbitration case against the Premier League this month.
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She spoke to Sky Sports referencing a letter that she wrote urging both the UK government and football regulators to ensure that the arbitration process is to be made public, and admitted in an interview with ITV journalist Chris Conway that she remains ‘committed’ to the deal.
The Latest: Staveley insight
Speaking to Tyne Tees (via The Chronicle), Staveley has now given some insight on the potential issues surrounding the takeover with regards to piracy and human rights, and what the consortium has been told about them by the Premier League. She revealed:
“We’ve been told by the Premier League that those sort of issues are not the reason why this transaction has not proceeded.
“I would like to say, and I can’t speak for PIF, or the Saudi state, I can just put my opinion forward, but I have seen incredible change in Saudi in human rights and particularly on the piracy issues.
“Saudi have said they want to be transparent about piracy.
“They’ve shut down BeoutQ, diplomatic relations have improved with Qatar which is incredibly important.
“There’s always going to be commercial issues in sport, it’s business and we have to find a compromise.”
The Verdict: Transparency key
It is no surprise to see Staveley reference transparency once more in her interview, given that she has called for the upcoming arbitration process to be made public.
This time, she has claimed that the Saudis have said they want to be transparent about their piracy issues, and have duly shut down pirate TV channel BeoutQ and improved their diplomatic relations with Qatar.
The question marks over piracy and human rights do not seem to be too much of a problem for the Premier League when it comes to their potential approval of the takeover, and it all seems to be boiling down to the forthcoming arbitration hearing.
There is no doubt that the results of the proceedings will give a much clearer indication over the direction of where the bid is heading, and Staveley will be hoping that it goes in her favour.
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