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.