Loads of Newcastle United fans have been discussing a report from The Sun that Premier League teams have suggested to block the Tyneside club’s potential takeover because of a row over television rights.
As per the article, the issue is with the TV station beoutQ which has been frowned upon by the top flight and other sports governing bodies including FIFA and UEFA for their broadcasts across the Middle East.
Games in the Prem were sold to Qatar-based beIN Sports as part of a three-year deal currently worth £328m, but supporters in the Gulf region were able to watch matches through decoder boxes which were linked to the Saudi-owned Arabsat satellite.
With most sides in England’s top division still reeling from the impact of the global pandemic, there are worries beIN will follow through with a threat to cut payments. Those could be by as much as 50 per cent as a result of the damage to the value of the contracts, as per the outlet.
These members of the Toon faithful discussed the news on Twitter:
I cant wait for the announcement just so we dont have to see this story re written every day #nufc
— toonidd (@toonidd) April 29, 2020
— Dave (@davepresents) April 29, 2020
100% agree this takeover will increase the gap between the top 7/8 clubs but that’s not our fault is it. If investers feel as though we would be a good investment rather than another mediocre club in say London, liverpool then what can they actually say?
— toon fanatic (@geordieBoyjack) April 29, 2020
Really? Lol. pic.twitter.com/SIK8a4qucL
— Matthew Bell (@NUFCmattman) April 29, 2020
If the problem was the Saudis, there would be no Saudi ownership of any club.
The problem is the wealth of this particular group. Given time and wise investment, this takeover could make Newcastle an almost unstoppable force in the PL. That’s what the other clubs don’t like.
— Adam (@tabret2004) April 29, 2020
I bet they do……. can’t think why?? ⚫️⚪️
— david richardson (@david1892nufc) April 29, 2020
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