The Saudi Arabian-backed consortium's potential takeover of Newcastle United is at risk of falling through because beIN Sports, who are based in Qatar, have voiced their concerns to the Premier League regarding pirate broadcasts.
It has looked increasingly likely that Mike Ashley's time at Newcastle was drawing to a close, with a
The chief executive of beIN Yousef al-Obaidly has contacted the Premier League, explaining that the potential buyer of Newcastle has 'caused huge damage to your club's and the Premier League's commercial revenues'.
Premier League asked to look at blocking Saudi takeover of Newcastle over:— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 22, 2020
Morality - Amnesty’s human rights complaints.
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“The legacy of the illegal service will continue to impact you going forward. When the Premier League season re-commences in the coming months, all of the league’s broadcasters’ content will continue to be readily and illegally available via the IPTV streaming functionality on the beoutQ set-top-boxes which were sold in significant quantities in Saudi Arabia and the broader MENA [Middle East and North Africa] region," he said.
"Furthermore - given the crippling economic effect that coronavirus is having on the sports industry - this is all happening at a time when football clubs need to protect their broadcast revenue the most.”
This comes after Amnesty International also voiced their concerns regarding the morality of allowing this takeover to happen, explaining that the Premier League is at risk of 'becoming a patsy'.
Pretty grim that there’s only been an attempt to block the sale of Newcastle because of piracy of Premier League matches and not, well, all of the other stuff.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) April 22, 2020
In a letter to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, director of Amnesty UK said (as quoted by the Daily Mail): "
"If the Crown Prince, by virtue of his authority over Saudi Arabia's economic relations and via control of his country's sovereign wealth fund, becomes the beneficial owner of NUFC, how can this be positive for the reputation and image of the Premier League?
"So long as these questions (concerning Saudi Arabia's human rights record) remain unaddressed, the Premier League is putting itself at risk of becoming a patsy of those who want to use the glamour and prestige of Premier League football to cover up actions that are deeply immoral, in breach of international law and at odds with the values of the Premier League and the global footballing community."
Source : 90min