Premier League lawyers are investigating the illegal broadcasting of top-level matches by Saudi Arabia ‘
Premier League lawyers are investigating ‘top-level illegal broadcasting of matches by Saudi Arabia’, while Newcastle waits nervously to see if piracy claims will affect their £ 300m takeover
- The Premier League is investigating claims that Saudi Arabia is showing matches illegally
- beIN Sports told Premier League clubs to block the £ 300 million takeover in Newcastle
- Part of the Premier League owners and directors test will be on this
- The intended purchase is under pressure from Amnesty International
Premier League lawyers are reportedly investigating allegations that Saudi Arabia is involved in the illegal transmission of top-level matches, casting doubt on the £ 300 million takeover proposed by Newcastle by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia.
On Tuesday evening, it was revealed that beIN Sports, England’s largest foreign broadcaster, had urged clubs to block the move backed by funds from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund – controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The giants sent out shone light on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the piracy of matches, highlighting the failed Premier League attempts to take legal action against state satellite provider Arabsat in Saudi Arabia.
Premier League lawyers are investigating Saudi Arabia’s possible role in game piracy
The Premier League has been urged to block the £ 300 million takeover of Newcastle by beIN Sports
Arabsat broadcasts Premier League games on the pirate channel beoutQ.
And now, according to The TimesA critical decision in the owner and director test, looking at the suitability of a potential owner, will be based on whether the piracy allegations are “grounds for rejecting the acquisition.”
The takeover rules were tightened in 2018 so that potential buyers can get stuck even though they have not been found guilty of a crime.
Determining that the Saudis are complicit in the illegal broadcasting of Premier League games would fit the “unfair” criteria within the framework designed to assess potential buyers.
However, it is alleged that such a crime is ‘hard to tie to the future owners and those who will lead the club’, although the Premier League has focused on beoutQ in the past.
Yasir Al-Rumayyan is the governor of the Saudi PIF and will become the new chairman
Further pressure on the acquisition came from campaign group Amnesty International, which wrote to Premier League chief Richard Masters urging him to consider Saudi’s human rights record before signing the deal.
In a letter to the British director of the campaign group, Kate Allen, Masters said: ‘You will understand that these cases are often subject to media speculation, but at the heart of the matter are the legal procedures required by the British legislation and by the Premier League’s own rules, which is kept in public and we cannot comment on that. “
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has refused to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose fiancé Hatice Cengiz urged the Premier League on Wednesday to block the takeover.
League chief Richard Masters has said the proposed deal will be “scrutinized”
She said: “The Premier League should not allow anyone like Bin Salman, who is not yet accountable for the murder of my late fiancé, to be so involved in sports in the UK. Otherwise, the reputation of the Premier League and the UK will be severely compromised. ‘
But if all goes ahead as planned, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund will become the new majority shareholders in St James’ Park, which owns 80 percent of the club, along with 10 percent splits for financier Amanda Staveley and real estate magnates David and Simon Reuben.
Yasir Al-Rumayyan will become Newcastle’s new chairman when the deal is finalized.