The UK government have confirmed that they will not stand in the way of the imminent Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Newcastle United if the Premier League choose to approve the purchase.
The deal has faced plenty of backlash from a number of different perspectives. Some have focused on the Saudi history of illegal broadcasting of Premier League games, while others -including Amnesty International - have spoken out about alleged human rights abuses.
“It’s not for us to say who should own Newcastle United, but players, back-room staff and fans alike ought to see this for what it is - sportswashing, plain and simple” says @AmnestyUK on the prospect of a Saudi takeover of the club pic.twitter.com/gEW1kP6zKF— Dan Roan (@danroan) January 27, 2020
One of the most vocal organisations in the protests has been Amnesty International, who penned a letter to the Premier League urging them not to become a safe haven for those with abysmal human rights records.
In response to that letter, Premier League
A similar response was also given to
Amid the Newcastle United takeover controversy, I took a look at the Premier League's prospective Owners' & Directors' Test and what it 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 covers.— Andrew Headspeath (@Andy_Headspeath) April 22, 2020
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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has responded to Amnesty’s letter on the Newcastle takeover. pic.twitter.com/cVKiWj95vv— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) April 22, 2020
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