Another Newcastle takeover mess shows football should mean more | Stephen Cockburn

As a Newcastle fan, I’m desperate for change at the club but I never wanted it to be used as a PR tool

As a lifelong fan I’ve been as desperate as anyone for change at Newcastle United, but Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record meant this was never the takeover I was hoping for.

I never wanted our club to be used as a PR tool to switch attention from abuses such as the arrest and torture of women’s rights activists, but the uncomfortable truth is that this is what Saudi Arabia’s rulers were likely looking to do.

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