Nothing is ever easy for Newcastle.
And as it seemed the takeover was going smoothly, BeIn Sports has sent a letter to the Premier League asking that the acquisition, backed by the Saudi Arabia Sovereign Fund and led by Amanda Staveley, be blocked.
Their claim is that their channels have been pirated by beoutQ, who transmit from an Arabsat satellite.
They shouldn’t be stealing the channels, but how can the Premier League block this bid when Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is currently the owner of Sheffield United, which is now a Premier League club?
But we also know that beIN presenter Richard Keys was more than a little upset that Newcastle fans were going to get everything they had ever asked for.
Wealthy and ambitious owners who want to return Newcastle to their former glories.
That really seems to have upset the presenter.
But the news that beIN has written to the Premier League is all over the news.
And it’s now two weeks since all the acquisition papers were sent to the Premier League for their approval.
They are busy doing the owners’ and director’s tests, and if they block this deal, then they are not being consistent.
Amnesty International have already sent a letter to the Premier league complaining of the Saudi’s terrible human rights record and said they would risk becoming a patsy for Saudi Arabia if the deal goes through.
At the same time, the Premier League will likely welcome an infusion of cash to one of their clubs, given the dire financial state in the UK due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
But as we said, nothing is ever easy for Newcastle, and there will be groups trying to stop this, maybe there are more to come.
Let’s hope the Gods are not against Newcastle.