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Why north-east is up in arms at collapse of Saudi Arabia bid to buy Newcastle | David Conn

With such a united front of support for the takeover, however surprising, it is more useful to understand than condemnThe eruption of protest in the north-east at the collapse of the Saudi Arabian bid to buy Newcastle United has come as a shock to thos…

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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 toolAs 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 nev…

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Newcastle have had a narrow escape and may realise that in the fullness of time | Jonathan Liew

Only when a new owner buys out the hated Mike Ashley will the club’s fans appreciate the Saudi Arabia deal was not the one they needed to hitch themselves toPut the cans back in the fridge. Take down the Kylian Mbappé poster from your bedroom wall. Qui…

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Saudi Arabia appeals against WTO ruling in twist to Newcastle takeover bid

WTO said Saudi Arabia helped piracy of Premier League gamesAppeal unlikely to be held swiftly prolonging takeoverThe Newcastle takeover saga has taken a fresh twist after Saudi Arabia formally appealed against a World Trade Organization ruling that it …

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Saudi Arabia bans beIN Sports to further complicate £300m Newcastle takeover

Ruling makes it impossible to watch Premier League legallyEnglish top flight has been considering club’s sale for 16 weeksNewcastle United’s takeover saga has been cast into further uncertainty after taking an unexpected twist on Tuesday when the Saudi…

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Saudi takeover of Newcastle would be ‘humiliating’, says MP – video

The Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, has hinted that the Newcastle takeover saga could be concluded shortly, but he was warned by MPs that it would be ‘humiliating’ to allow a Saudi Arabian consortium to take over a club given the count…

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Saudi takeover of Newcastle would be ‘humiliating’, says MP – video

The Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, has hinted that the Newcastle takeover saga could be concluded shortly, but he was warned by MPs that it would be ‘humiliating’ to allow a Saudi Arabian consortium to take over a club given the count…

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Saudi takeover of Newcastle would be ‘humiliating’, says MP – video

The Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, has hinted that the Newcastle takeover saga could be concluded shortly, but he was warned by MPs that it would be ‘humiliating’ to allow a Saudi Arabian consortium to take over a club given the count…

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Newcastle takeover in serious doubt as WTO rules pirate TV channel is Saudi

Saudi Arabia is behind satellite TV service beoutQ, WTO rules‘Breach of international law’ threatens £300m deal for clubThe controversial £300m Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Newcastle United appears to be in serious doubt after the World Trade Organi…

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The Saudi regime murdered my fiance. It can’t be allowed to buy Newcastle United | Hatice Cengiz

Mohammed bin Salman is trying to restore his image. If the Premier League allows this, its reputation will be stained for ever • Hatice Cengiz was the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi The planned takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium controlled by the…

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée urges Newcastle fans to oppose takeover

Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of murdered journalist, writes open letter‘Slam shut the door on this offensive deal’ Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has implored Newcastle United supporters to mobilise against the prospec…

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Premier League asks US to keep Saudi Arabia on ‘piracy’ watch list

Saudi Arabia involved in £300m takeover of NewcastleLeague complains to US over illegal streaming of matchesThe Premier League wrote to the US government in February urging it to keep Saudi Arabia on a watch list because it said the country “remained a…

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Khashoggi fiancee: stop Saudi takeover of Newcastle or be complicit

Hatice Cengiz tells Premier League the proposed deal is incompatible with its charter The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi has called on the Premier League to stop the acquisition of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia, saying that completion of the deal would …

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Broadcast rights trump human rights in Premier League’s Newcastle battleground | Jonathan Liew

That beIN Sports has been the biggest obstacle to the Saudi takeover demonstrates the extent to which toxic geopolitics now infest the English gameFinally. Someone with actual power and clout prepared to stand up to the despotic thugs of Saudi Arabia, …

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Broadcast rights trump human rights in Premier League’s Newcastle battleground | Jonathan Liew

That beIN Sports has been the biggest obstacle to the Saudi takeover demonstrates the extent to which toxic geopolitics now infest the English gameFinally. Someone with actual power and clout prepared to stand up to the despotic thugs of Saudi Arabia, …

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BeIN Sports asks Premier League to block Saudi Newcastle deal over piracy

Qatar-based broadcaster has written to chairmenCites pirate network causing ‘huge damage’ to revenuesThe Premier League has been asked to block a Saudi-backed consortium’s attempt to purchase Newcastle by one of the league’s major media partners due to…

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Exit, the House of Karrimor. Enter, the austere and unforgiving House of Saud | Barney Ronay

Newcastle may be the headline act but they’re not even half the story – the fact is, the Saudis aren’t coming. They’re already hereAs the takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund loomed closer this week, an uplifting tweet f…

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Saudi Cup organisers withhold $20m prize amid doping probe

FBI alleges Maximum Security, trained by Jason Servis, was given ‘growth factor’ drugsSaudi organisers of a race day billed as the world’s richest have been left embarrassed after the trainer of the winning horse was indicted for doping, forcing them t…

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F1 risks sportswashing boost with Saudi Arabia GP, says human rights group

• Track near Riyadh could be ready to host race in 2023• Human Rights Watch urges F1 to consider its positionPlans to stage a Formula One grand prix in Saudi Arabia would serve only to further the gulf state’s process of “sportswashing” and help legiti…

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F1 risks sportswashing boost with Saudi Arabia GP, says human rights group

• Track near Riyadh could be ready to host race in 2023• Human Rights Watch urges F1 to consider its positionPlans to stage a Formula One grand prix in Saudi Arabia would serve only to further the gulf state’s process of “sportswashing” and help legiti…