AHEAD: Mike Ashley’s ties with Qatar threaten Saudi acquisition of Newcastle … while super agents Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes refuse to meet FIFA
- The Frasers Group of Mike Ashley employs the National Bank of Qatar as advisors
- The Saudi Public Investment Fund is behind a takeover bid from Newcastle United
- Saudi Arabia decided three years ago to break off diplomatic relations with Qatar
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drove himself to their Marbella training field in an Audi
- It was in stark contrast to the club leader of United, Ed Woodward, who arrived with a driver
The prospects for the proposed Newcastle acquisition of £ 340 million by Newcastle have not been helped by the fact that Mike Ashley is receiving financial advice from Qatar.
Ashley’s Frasers Group, known as Sports Direct until last year, employs the Qatar National Bank as their investment advisers, a fact that has not been lost with the Saudi Public Investment Fund behind Newcastle’s bid.
Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar three years ago and their blockade of the country continues.
Mike Ashley receives financial advice from Qatar and this damages a potential acquisition
Ole’s modest drive
Visitors to Manchester United’s Costa del Sol training camp last week were surprised to see manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer driving an Audi, with assistant Mike Phelan on the passenger seat to their Marbella training field.
The modest mode of transport of Solksjaer contrasted with that of executive vice-president Ed Woodward, who arrived in a Mercedes with driver, who probably would not have led him to his critics among the fans of United.
Sky to escape rap over rift with Celtic
Sky Sports News is unlikely to take action from Ofcom following a complaint from Celtic about an incorrectly translated interview with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, in which there was an accusation of racist abuse by Celtic fans during the December Old Firm game that did not make the Colombian international.
Sky Sports apologized for the incorrect translation of Alfredo Morelos from Rangers in an interview
Sportsmail has been informed that the allegations of racism were only broadcast on the Sky Sports website and Ofcom is not authorized for digital output.
Mark Alford, director of Sky Sports News, had previously made a public apology and met the chief executive and chairman of Celtic this week to personally apologize for the mistranslation provided by the Morelos agent.
In an email sent to Sky Sports News staff this week, Alford criticized “sub-standard journalism” that “humiliated our brand and journalistic reputation.”
Celtic responded to the controversy by banning Sky Sports News this week from their briefings and Wednesday’s game against Hearts, but the channel will be present during Sunday’s game in Aberdeen.
In the Sky Sports subtitles, he allegedly accused Celtic supporters of racist behavior
Blues refuse TV approach
Chelsea has rejected a pitch from a TV production company that wanted to make a documentary about the club Say no to anti-Semitism campaign, a project that aims to educate fans and staff of the club that is close to the heart of Roman Abramovich.
As part of the project, Chelsea brought supporters to Auschwitz to inform them about the evil of anti-Semitism, which still seems to be a problem with the offensive songs sung by sections of the fan base.
Chelsea remains committed to the campaign, but says it does not want to publish. The club has previously rejected fly-on-the-wall documentaries, such as those from Amazon Everything or nothing series, so their approach is consistent.
EFL against familiar face
The EFL will have a well-known opponent in their forthcoming disciplinary cases against Sheffield Wednesday and Derby, who are charged with violating spending rules regarding the sale and lease-back of their stadiums.
Nick De Marco QC has been appointed by both clubs to work on their defense against allegations that could lead to substantial points deductions, with the case of Wednesday heard later this month.
The EFL will have a well-known opponent in their upcoming disciplinary cases against clubs
Super agents refuse to meet FIFA
Leading agents, including Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes, refuse to meet FIFA to discuss proposals for greater regulation of the industry because they say they have not been properly consulted about plans for a 5 percent limit on transfer fee commission.
They are particularly unhappy that there are no agents on the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee, the body responsible for coming up with the regulations.
Top agents, including Mino Raiola, refuse to meet FIFA to discuss regulatory proposals