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It’s Takeover Takedown Night Once Again – The Cycle Continues

We’re hesitant to report on this, but the Guardian has another exclusive claiming the Newcastle takeover is now in doubt due to alleged broadcast piracy. Rinse and repeat.

The report is written by Sean Ingle who claimed three weeks ago the Premier League had received new legal documents showing a link between the Saudi government and BeoutQ, which is an illegal streaming platform that shares English football and other sporting events.

Ingle’s latest report just seems to be an extension of his May 11th one. This time, he reveals that the World Trade Organization has ruled that the Saudi government is behind BeoutQ.

The WTO’s 130-page document detailing this information will not be published until mid-June. This seems to be the ‘legal documents’ Ingle was referencing in his first piece in the Guardian.

We are not sure this rises to the level of PIF failing to be a fit and proper person. We don’t think the WTO’s findings meet the legal requirement in the Premier’s league owners’ and directors’ tests.

We’ll likely hear a lot more on this from local journalists on Wednesday. We just hope that this takeover is not going to be dragged out until mid-June.

We saw this on Twitter and thought it was perfect for this situation.

21 comments so far

  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 26, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #1


    Anyone getting a bit nervous give this thread a read.

    Explains everything very well and again shows why this will have slowed the process down but will not stop it.


  • magpie6699

    May 26, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s me finish with reading blogs. If this takeover gets blocked or (less likely now?) succeeds I’m sure I’ll hear about it soon enough but to have my hopes dashed bye this sort of cr*p is just too depressing. And that’s despite a glass of Merlot.

  • Our Toon

    May 26, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Capt Ameri

    Not nervous, it’s a good thread and well explained. Pretty sure it was stated the the PL already have the ruling which is going to be published middle of June. Unless I’ve mistaken that with published allegations but then the allegations also come from PL

    I think it makes for papers to get clicks and sales

  • Our Toon

    May 26, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #4


    I can only assume that no sports journalists will be going to Qatar to report on the world cup, human rights, bungs paid to won the world cup and bein sports giving backhanders to get tv rights. The last thing they’d want to do is feed money into the economy of such a regime

    I’m assuming the media who are against Saudi’s will also be calling for england to boycott the Qatar world cup!!

    It’s only fair isnt it or do the same rules not apply? Maybe we should write a letter to each media outlet or individual in media who’s bought up this whole ethical debate to see if they’ll be doing the same come the world cup

  • RobLeenio

    May 26, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Not reposting, you can read my take on the WTO non-news on the previous thread.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 26, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Irish Rob & Lilo,

    Many thanks both. It’s been a strange first ever ” lockdown” birthday but great weather, 25 degrees!

  • RobLeenio

    May 26, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #7

    9 do you really think that the Saudi state investment fund, which invests in Disney, Uber and Facebook would touch a grubby little back alley pirate media organisation?

    Not saying the Saudi state didn’t turn a blind eye because it was convenient to do so, but actually being involved directly in it’s running? No chance!


    May 26, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    think ppl need to stop reading bulls..t from the fake news the guardian which has no legit information..all they want is to create a panic situation for our fans..more like they been paid by the qataris to spread fake news

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 26, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #9

    If this takeover is blocked I am done with football too I would not be able to bare it anymore. A bunch of hypocrites just making a fuss because it disrupts their own selfish agendas. Sick of this crap I really am! A saying we have down here in Gibraltar is; “ley para uno, ley para todos!”- What is the law for one should be the law for all. It can’t be selective like we will no doubt be a threat to the favoured teams. I am sickened by this and hoping Sir Bobby can pull a few strings to drag this over the line already.

    Still vaguely hopeful.


    May 26, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10

    im gona stay positive untill some club officials or the to be owners officially posts something

  • 9

    May 26, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Saudi, under MBS’s misguided rule, hate and abhor Qatar and have set up a boycott a couple of years ago. Of course they would do anything in their power to undermine Qatar, ie Bein’s monopoly of EPL broadcasting rights.
    This is totally a no-brainer, mate.

  • RobLeenio

    May 26, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I tell you what, this whole process isn’t half uniting the Geordie nation.

    The rest of the premier League should be quaking in their boots.

  • onmeedsun

    May 26, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Let’s hope this is more b…shit from the leftie rag as I couldn’t bear it if this falls through. We are now in week 7! We must be cursed as nothing comes easy for us, Perhaps we will be rewarded in spades with a glorious decade and more where we fulfill all of our dreams and at last create a legacy. I am still hopeful although cracks appear in my resolve with every week that passes.

  • Mattroge

    May 26, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Jason Burt- very reliable and well connected reporter- has tweeted saying he still expects it to go ahead but also states “blimey I have rarely dealt with something as complicated as this”

  • 9

    May 26, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Can we see if we can possibly clear this up, Rob.
    Our potential chairman is named as Yasir Al-Rumayyan. He is the only Arab person EPL can investigate. Unfortunately, he is also officially in charge (under MBS of course) of Saudi’s PIF, so if the Saudi’s have been stupid enough to allow a legal link to be found between the PIF and Beout, there’s major trouble ahead. There’s no doubt whatsoever Saudi are behind Beout, it’s what is legally traceable that counts. It all hangs on what can be pinned on Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and if you have any inside knowledge of this, good luck to you, mate, I totally bow to your superior knowledge.

  • Thump

    May 26, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Here’s the logic behind that article:

    Firstly we have the nation state sized elephant in the room: the small matter of Saudi Arabia,therefore, Newcastle United.

  • jimiley

    May 26, 2020 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Any body think it would be blocked if they were buying manure? Of course not.
    It’s all to do with the top 6 blocking the competition.
    Other clubs are also resistant because it means another dominant team and one less to get relegated
    Any rejection would condemn NUFC officially to also rans.any supporter with hopes of trophies can forget it. A rejection would kill off competitive footy in ne. A disaster.
    Imagine more years of Ashley. Even jib would struggle

  • Bladey

    May 26, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #18

    I couldn’t of planned this takeover saga any better to finally rub your noses in the dirt
    That’s what you get for dissing the true fans by not lifting a finger to rid the club of this parasite
    You Sat in that stadium while others walked out as a protest to show fatty we had had enough
    Now the promised land is being swiped away as the legal eagles squash the Saudi’s bid to bye the club
    No marquee signings no infiltrating the top six just many more years of mediocrity and striving to stay out of the bottom free and to top it all for you tatty little sheep you will have to watch that smug grin on fat man’s face everytime he turns up at s j p

  • Bladey

    May 26, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Buy and three for those of you who like to spell check

  • magpie0722

    May 26, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #20

    The World Trade Organisation, are now ensuring, every report they do goes through the Guardian to check before its release. Yeah !!! pull the other one, believe this and you believe in Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

  • nufc 11

    May 26, 2020 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Where are all the know all journos that have been peddling information on this circus for the last 6 weeks, how come they didn’t know anything about this? The sale was supposed to be announced today. Makes me sick, only nufc.


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