Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United questioned amid hacking allegations


Saudi Arabia’s controversial takeover of Newcastle United has been questioned.

The World Trade Organization has ruled that the country is responsible for the illegal piracy of the Premier League and other sporting events in the Middle East.

The Premier League has yet to approve the sale of £ 300 million from Mike Ashley’s club.

He must approve the potential new owners, the Saudi Public Investment Fund chaired by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as suitable and suitable owners, before the deal is reached.

But a 130-page report to be released in mid-June concluded that the Saudi state was behind beoutQ, which illegally broadcast sports events.

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The Premier League is in possession of the WTO ruling and has even testified AGAINST Saudi Arabia.

The fit and proper person test may fail if a crime is committed abroad who is also one in the United Kingdom and for giving false, inaccurate or misleading information.

Organizations such as FIFA, UEFA, Premier League and La Liga have all attempted to take action against beoutQ in Saudi Arabia for illegal dissemination, but nine local law firms have refused to take on the case.

The matter was then brought before the WTO, the highest forum possible to hear the complaint, and they found the Saudi state in violation of international law due to the broadcasts by beoutQ.

It was said three weeks ago that the deal was about to be approved by the Premier League, and again last week, but the problem of piracy has not yet been resolved and has left leaders high flight in a difficult position.

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Amanda Staveley is negotiating the deal with the PIF taking an 80pc stake, the London-based property magnates Reuben brothers 10pc and Staverley her own 10pc cut.

A deal with Sport Direct tycoon Ashley has been signed and buyers are waiting for the Premier League nod.

However, this obstacle is proving difficult to overcome, as rival clubs are concerned about the problem of piracy. The Middle East broadcaster and rights holders beIN Sports also protested.

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