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British members of government are asking for an investigation into the Saudi takeover of Newcastle, out of concerns about piracy

UK government officials request investigation into Saudi Arabia’s takeover in Newcastle, with BeIn Sports and Amnesty International addressing vital piracy and human rights issues

  • A Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United appears to be transforming the club
  • However, serious concerns have been raised about their suitability to lead the club
  • The test of Premier League owners and drivers gets in their way
  • BeIn Sports and Amnesty International called for further investigation and raised issues
  • The president of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Football has done the same

The UK government has been urged by its own members to take an active role in investigating the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United following calls to block the deal.

The consortium of Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers, have accepted a £ 300 million offer for Newcastle, with only the Premier League owners and directors test standing in the way of the acquisition.

BeIN Sports has raised the issue of the Premier League rights worth hundreds of millions of pounds allegedly pirated by state-backed broadcasters in Saudi Arabia for the past three years.

Newcastle is poised for a monumental transformation under their new Saudi ownership

Newcastle is poised for a monumental transformation under their new Saudi ownership

Questions have been raised about the new property, stating that the sale should be blocked

Questions have been raised about the new property, stating that the sale should be blocked

Questions have been raised about the new property, stating that the sale should be blocked

The Amanda Staveley consortium is aiming for the Champions League

The Amanda Staveley consortium is aiming for the Champions League

The Amanda Staveley consortium is aiming for the Champions League

Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO of the Qatar-based media group, wrote a letter to the league’s CEO, Richard Masters, as well as the presidents of all 20 top flying clubs, in an effort to raise awareness of the problem.

The letter states that future new owners have “caused massive damage” to clubs and the league’s commercial revenues, while also stating that the “future economic model of football is at stake.”

And for the first time, government votes have raised concerns about the upcoming deal, with the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Football Clive Betts calling the issue a “priority.”

Fans will be happy to see Mike Ashley's back, but there are new concerns

Fans will be happy to see Mike Ashley's back, but there are new concerns

Fans will be happy to see Mike Ashley’s back, but there are new concerns

BeIn Sports has asked for investigation during their own battle for the piracy of their broadcasts

BeIn Sports has asked for investigation during their own battle for the piracy of their broadcasts

BeIn Sports has asked for investigation during their own battle for the piracy of their broadcasts

“The piracy issue with beoutQ should be an immediate priority in overseeing the regulations surrounding the Newcastle United takeover,” Betts said in a statement Friday.

“While the Premier League should take a serious look at a potential conflict between football club ownership and the alleged three-year theft of British media rights by its future owner, the government should play a role, not sit on the bench.”

BeIN Sports is not the only agency concerned with the forthcoming change of ownership in St James’ Park.

Amnesty International has also written to the Premier League to raise awareness of the kingdom of human rights, while the murdered journalist’s wife Jamal Khashoggi has also criticized the proposed takeover.

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