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Sports Promoter Rubbishes Role In Newcastle Takeover Attempt – Report

Last week, sporting event promoter Barry Hearn was reported to have introduced Amanda Staveley to representatives of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The piece claimed that the introduction happened at the Anthony Joshua heavyweight fight against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last December.

The Shields Gazette have reached out to Barry’s son Eddie Hearn for an exclusive interview.

The sports promoter denies that his father has any involvement in a takeover of Newcastle. This is what he said to the Shields Gazette:

“It is absolute rubbish. He (Barry) said to me last night, you might get asked about Newcastle and me helping the takeover of the football club.

“I asked him where it had come from and he said ‘no idea.’ Whether someone has used our name, ‘we are talking to the Saudis, oh Barry Hearn, Eddie Hearn’ – I don’t know.

“We love Newcastle United football club, but we ain’t buying it. We are not involved in buying it, so sorry for the person who was driving the price up. We are not in the running.”

This report always seemed a little odd as the Joshua fight took place in December while all other stories had the takeover in the works for months.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal did a follow up on their initial report on the Saudi-backed consortium trying to purchase Newcastle.

In their latest piece, they claim that American entrepreneur Carla DiBello is the one who first broached the idea to the Saudis about purchasing Newcastle.

We’ve yet to hear any of the other reported parties deny ties to this latest takeover saga. Which we guess leaves some room for optimism that this may actually be in the works.

Though, we’ll continue to remain skeptical until we see something concrete get reported.

8 comments so far

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1


    If you say Rafa would have got unfair digs for spending £27M two years ago on Tosun had he flopped with us as well as Everton, do you think it’s unfair the club are getting stick now for spending £40M on Joelinton?

    The way fees have gone I reckon they are both about the same now.

    Or is it just that Rafa gets special treatment from you… and the club and Bruce, gets their nose rubbed in it at every opportunity?

    And before you bang on, I wish Rafa was still here.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s the first denial. Will it be followed by more?
    The Reuben brothers are interesting! No denial this time from them! Their Newcastle connections definitely give it credibility!
    Also, would Staveley really get involved again if not a good chance of completing?

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Tosun £27 million and Joelinton £40 million! There’s no comparison Tosun is a much better player. Joelinton is a div1 striker at best!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    I wish the foot we’d done “a Leeds” the devisive driving force that bought Mikey so much time, “if it wasn’t for him we’d have done a…..”
    Just think if we’d done a Man City, Leicester or Wolves, would we be so much worse if in the rare occurrence we’d done a Coventry.

  • jimiley

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Everybody is taking the rise out of the Toon. It’s just a wind up game and no harm is done. The toon fans always come back for more.
    The only constant at NUFC is the crowd. They do not mind too much being s..t on as long as they can have a pie and pint and good moan before the game.
    The footy is a side issue.

  • jimiley

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Give it time. A Coventry can still happen

  • geordietom

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #7

    the takeover is still on going …

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 12, 2020 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8


    Everton don’t agree with you.

    And he isn’t pulling up trees at Palace.


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