Arab Sheik Reported To Invest In A Top English Club


There were some confusing reports coming out of the Middle East last night that an Arab Sheikh is about to buy a 60% stake in a top English club.

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HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saqr Al Qassimi on left
meets Mr. Ali Abu Monassar, Executive Chairman, Net Group last year


Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr al-Qassimi — who is a member of the ruling family, Ras al-Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates — is said to have invested in the unnamed English club, and will become their honorary chairman.

Ras al-Khaimah is one of seven members in the UAE federation which also includes key oil producer Abu Dhabi and regional trade and tourism hub Dubai.

Ras al-Khaimah (means “The Top of the Tent”) is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates and it covers an area of 656 square miles. It is in the southern part of the Persian Gulf.

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The emirate is currently ruled by Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi, (we believe Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saqr Al Qassimi is one of the deputy rulers), and it is in the northern part of the UAE bordering Oman, with a population of about 300,000 inhabitants.

However, City insiders in London were last night rather skeptical of the report from the UAE’s official news agency, which said further details would be announced later this week.

We have no idea if this involves Newcastle United, since some reports refer to a top English club and others refer to a top Premier League club. Newcastle are a top club but not a Premier League club right now of course.

And Abu Dhabi billionaire Sulaiman al-Fahim insists there is no connection between his bid for English Premier League club Portsmouth, and the reported purchase of a majority stake in another team by a UAE investor.

al-Fahim told Reuters by telephone on Monday”

“There is no link”

We have no idea if this report is true, but it’s certainly worth watching, since we expect the new owner at Newcastle United to be announced in a few days too.

Comments welcome.



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101 comments so far

  • ELFER

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Hm, the new owner does not only have to pay ashley (100m £) – he also has to pay approximately £ 60.5 for other fees…so it’s in total 160.5m £

    Then he has to fund a transfer kity of about 20m £ and some revenue losts becouse of relegation will also come…

    All very worriing…oh please give us a light…

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  • ELFER

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    so in total new buyers have to come up with rather 200m £!

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll eat my own head if this proves to be anything other than Sun bulls**t

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  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4
  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    What a crappy looking kit…

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  • Ericles

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    No illumination in this Sun report at all. Who is forking out the other 40% to make up an offer. Are we past the deadline for due diligence or not?

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  • Ericles

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    For Christ’s sake Taylor looks like part of an all day breakfast!

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Maybe FFS is contributing the other 40% and this guy is his financial backer!

    Scary thought for me

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  • batty

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    dougnufc i defo wont be buying that 1 for meself but got get me daughter 1

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  • WELSHMAG

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    jesus, is that the new Away kit? it can’t be our home kit can it?

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  • batty

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    WELSHMAG // Jun 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    jesus, is that the new Away kit? it can’t be our home kit can it?
    <<<<<away kit m8 lol

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  • ELFER

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    dougnufc // Jun 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Oh oh…we are now wearing leeds colors…why is it leeds all over?? Please, can someone save us from our nightmare?

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    That kit is bloody awful.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Aweful color!!! hope this one is the 3rd change kit. I like the purple one .

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  • Mags

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Lads, I don’t think he is after our club, we are trying to sell the club not 60% stake. The sun is total crap.

    Talking of which, I agree with the comments on our change kit. It is obscene. Whoever sanctioned that needs naming and shaming, before being chucked in the Tyne.

    Even Tayls and Beye look sheepish stood there in it.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    We were promoted last time we wore yellow. Could be a lucky omen!

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  • Johno Toon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #17

    also wouldnt say he is short of the money where he couldnt buy the whole club instead of just 60%

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  • DJG

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

    That kit looks bloody awful lol

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  • Johno Toon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Love the way the describe it it as ‘ stylish ‘

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Beye so looked like he thought he looked like an end wearing that! lol.

    I do suit yellow but no chance Im paying £40 for that – sorry.

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  • chuck

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Relax folks, the article headline states “a top English club”.
    That certainly rules us out.

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  • ginkoh

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    I scare our story will not end this week again. If Ashley and Co. postpone it to next month again who know they cannot do it ? I afraid not (- “-)

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    That is the worst NUFC away kit I have ever seen.

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  • stk85

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    this clamouring for a super rich owner is really doing my head in. money is nothing and makes for empty people with no souls. football, our beloved sport, is being overrun with the preservation of the current economic model so we all lose sight of its important cultural factors over the need and want for ludicrously rich owners. it all becomes a boy-with-toys club.

    sickening

    whatever happened to just having a team ethic and teamwork being the backbone of a good solid team. why should someone kicking a ball get 60x what a heart surgeon gets?

    fifa should set a 100k a week limit on wages, oterwise it’ll get silly. beyond silly. we’ll be watching average football funded completely by the inequalities of middle eastern development.

    i know you dont want politics on your blog ed, but its an important point. what happened to the roots of our game? gobbled up by greed

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    What a sh*te kit we’ll be renamed the budgies. Is this Ashley’s idea of a parting joke. We are already a laughing stock without this.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Holy sh1t Doug. That is absolutely SHOCKING!!!!!

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  • chuck

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #27

    So, it`s a discussion about fashion, the new strips
    is it ?
    The club is going down the tubes and the discussion is about the color of the new strips, f**king unbelievable.
    Cloud cuckoo land, better stop smoking that s**t.

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  • stk85

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    and that kit just made me choke on my granola!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #29

    That Kit is horrific…who the hell would buy that piece of 5hit?

    Up there with Coventry brown away kit from the 70’s Ugly as Fk.

    No comment on the arab bid stuff…but liking them Arab Dating chicks..wonder if they have hairy armpits?

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #30

    ….my thoughts entirely Geordiedoonsooth. All they need now are hats made of toast. What is happening to our club. It’s a fkn yolk.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Good point chuck I think the strip banter is a welcome relief from the bigger Shit we have stomached for the last few seasons.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Chuck, excuse me for being so rude as to comment on a posted link.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33

    If I bother going to any away games next season I am going to borrow me mams reactolite glasses…Imagine them on a sunny day…blinding.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Chuck after all the sh*te flying around about the toon we need a bit of levity to raise the mood & that new away kit is certainly a Joke I thought it was April fools day for a minute

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #35

    Chuck is the new moderator Rod.

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  • komfort

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    whoever designed it must be a back door merchant.

    it’s rank bad..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37

    All they need now is a yellow submarine to get to away games.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #38

    I just had another look and it looks even worse the second time.

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  • gibbotwg

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #39

    it said on sky sports it was a premier division club

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  • komfort

    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #40

    think i’ll buy one just for a laff..

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