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Let’s Hope The Gods Are Not Against Newcastle

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.

Keep praying.

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36 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Richard Keys and Piers Morgan have a lot in common.

    Takeover should be fine, it’s just this annoying nervous waiting period now when it finally feels we are very close to getting rid of Ashley.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Relax guy’s it’s in the bag..Job done. Don’t feed the muppets who are doing nothing more than trying to sensationalise the deal.
    Little old Newcastle United are gonna become a god of football and all of a sudden all the haters are coming out of the woodwork

    F@ck em all i’m loving it. Embrace it lads it’s a beautiful thing

  • IrishRob

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    This is dragging on and on and monnnn, Citys didnt take this long it’s taking forever. That alone is worrying me.

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Coming next….the SMB Nation write a turgid letter detailing all TOON faults. Once they save up for a stamp

  • Zele

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5


    I doubt very much whether the Reuben Brothers are worth the same as the owners of Man City who are effectively a wealthy sovereign state.

    Also who says that the Reuben Brothers are the junior partner. All the press refer to a single individual.

    As I previously said nobody, other than the buyers, knows who ‘calls the shots’.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Bit harsh of Balague – basically suggesting NUFC ( if taken over ) not good enough for Pochettino ? instead suggesting Madrid, PSG. Thanks dude!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    It’ll be ok Rob, I think Caulkin was suggesting could be first week of may.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    fcuk them oops sorry 🙂

  • Muz

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Money talks and Saudi Arabia have LOTS of money. beinSports and Amnesty can complain and lobby all they like, as one of the UK’s biggest export markets I can imagine that higher ups in Whitehall will have been giving instructions to the PL/FA to greenlight this. There’s absolutely no way on earth they’d block it. Even if they did, it would become a legal issue and I seriously doubt they PL would want that to happen; all the dirty deals they do would undoubtedly come to light.

    Also, I’m sure once there’s a vested interest in the Premier League, a Saudi channel can undoubtedly pay the ÂŁ500M for the broadcasting rights in the Middle East.


    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Bein sports accusations cant stop a fit and proper directors test with the premier league. Neither can other premier league clubs submit a block on this basis.
    Premier league clubs have no evidence to request a block.
    Bein sport have no right to stop a business transaction.
    If they’re not happy with the terms of their agreement then they can simply not bid next time round. They cant pull out of their current contract on the basis of Saudi investment into the league.

    Just announce the takeover please so that we can put a stop to all this sensationalised journalism from southern haters.

  • geordietom

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    woke up this morning made a cup of coffee opened my laptop opened the blog and there’s a piece on about BEIN , i said to my self arr knar here we go i fully expected this to happen , then i read right to the bottom of what Neil put on which is below …

    Geey doesn’t seem to think either of these issues will play much of a role in the approval of the takeover.

    me i’m still confident i also reckon there will be a announcement pretty soon that the club has been sold …

    keep the faith …

  • Muz

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    @IrishRob – as already been succinctly discussed on Twitter, Man City’s sale had to go through quickly. Shinawatra was found guilty of corruption in Thailand. He no longer would have been allowed to own the club and he was doubly incentivised to sell because they were about to seize his assets; he needed to shift that cash where it couldn’t be touched.

  • Paul141726

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Good Morning Ed!

    I agree with you that when the club is purchased (soon, I hope),
    that and the fans will be dodging some bad press. I DON’T CARE!!!!

    Jealousy seems to have raised it’s ugly head from those who hate NUFC being bought
    but would have no problem with it if it was Man U or maybe any club from the south.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Which enlightened organisations would employ the likes of Keys and Gray ?
    Wonder what their CV’s said about why they left their previous employment.
    bein should have employed Wise and Kinnear to get more balanced perspectives on football.

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Am sure keys wouldn’t mind if they was buying Coventry,

  • hibbit

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Munster Mag
    Balague is also suggesting that Rafa BenĂ­tez would be a perfect fit and would be his choice for the job,

  • geordietom

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    DaveD1000 @ 4 …

    do they get to lick the stamp , puking just thinking about it , is it true that all mackem’s teeth are like a row of condemed shit houses …

  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    A tangential gripe, nothing more.

    Trying to protect their own interests as they see Saudi making moves in the EPL, they’re on alert as ironically their real concern is probably Saudi making moves for legitimate rights to broadcast EPL in the Middle-East once they own a club.

    Aside from that, I’m sure the EPL, given their failure to tackle overseas piracy thus far, may take the view they could have more success by having the Saudi royal family in their sphere of influence.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20


    The Reubens are definitely part of the consortium, no question of that at all, and in a list of PL wealthiest owners, Shiek Monseur topped the list with 18 Billion. The Reubens are worth that.

  • Paul141726

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Uh oh, Wise and Kinnear along with Gray and Keys?

    Seems like that would be putting a very firm grip on stupid. But hey, it
    would be such fun to laugh at.

  • Swlabr

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Jazzy @2 …damn right, to quote Was (not Was) Woodwork Squeaks and Out Come the Freaks!

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Going from MA to MBS is “out of the frying pan and into the fire” morally.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24


    Class video lol that pretty much sums up how we feel atm

  • Paul141726

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree with that Dave!!
    BRING ‘EM ON!!!!!

  • IrishRob

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s been roughly a month now since papers were submitted back in late March. If this drags into may it ain’t happening.

    I dont care how good it looks or who’s saying what if it drags in May it ain’t happening.

    I’m sick to death of it all already. It’s too stressful, and maddeningly frustrating.

  • geordietom

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    bus moved …


    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #28

    In The Guardian

    Nonetheless, sources working on the takeover remain confident there will be no last-minute hitches, hinting that Premier League checks that have been under way for a fortnight are approaching a conclusion. It has also been noted that, despite similar concerns, the Premier League approved Sheffield United’s transfer into full Saudi ownership last year.

    There you have it…. there’s already a president set so no chance they’ll block.it.

    If anything they may just speed up the sign off to quash all the stories.

  • Paul141726

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    I am hoping that is the case NUFC FOR SALE.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #30


    The FPPT did,nt start til 9th April mate, so its only been 2 weeks.

  • IrishRob

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Muz I know this, but that wasnt gonna make the premier league hurry up their fit and proper tests at the time. The premier league arent gonna rush anything for anyone, where I suspect the expedience was, was on the side of the guys pushing the deal.

    However we have been told numerous times over the past month that it’s only the premier league holding it up. And for us the premier league are acting much slower than they did for man city. That’s why I’m worried.

    If this goes to May it ain’t happening.

  • the Northumbrian

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Beoutq have not been in operation for a while now so how can MBS stop it and if the whingers are smart enough to stream footie why ain’t they able to scramble the signal?

  • crawfordm

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    IrishRob – get a grip man !!! Sheffield United’s owner is a Saudi Prince and that take over went through. Its mischievous people causing unjust angst so that people react just as you are. Have patience as this is going to happen.

  • hansolo1972

    Apr 22, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34

    It would mean Government intervention and with the shit show they have to deal with at the minute, this is nowhere near important enough. Plus, Government have a good relationship with the Saudi’s so they won’t want to jeopardise that. Everyone calm down. ??

  • Alems1983

    Apr 22, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    The owners and directors test is a legal one not a moral one.

    They test to ensure clubs won’t go bankrupt and where funds have come from…

    Aramco is one of the most profitable (and also legit) companies in the world.

    Don’t rise to the bait, there all jealous and wishing it was their club, BUT it’s ours so enjoy it, it’s gonna be a good old ride

  • Rafalicious

    Apr 22, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Greetings from a Norwegian guy living in Qatar. Been a Newcastle fan since Shearer’s last season, and I was lucky enough to see two goals against Wigan just before he retired. If the takeover doesn’t happen I will be utterly depressed, and if it happens I have promised my wife to be chanting Newcastle 24 hours straight. It will feel so fresh to get the fat bastard out and in with proper business people.

    La ilaha il-Allah – there’s only one God!


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