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Nonsense From Saudi Arabian Officials Can Only Jeopardize Newcastle Takeover


The Mail yesterday reported about a letter they had seen from Saudi Arabia’s minister of commerce, Dr. Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qasabi.

He is also on the Public Investment Fund (PIF) board, which is funding 80% of the £300M takeover attempt – led by Amanda Staveley.

Over the last year or so, the Saudis have refused to legally deal with the piracy of beIN Sports Premier League games by Saudi station beoutQ

That has been one of the stumbling blocks of the Newcastle takeover.

But after the WTO report was released they have said they will cut down on any theft of Intellectual Property in the Kingdom and beoutQ (as contrasted to beIN Sports) is not currently broadcasting any Premier League games.

But now they have really put their foot in it by claiming that they have received no complaints about the pirating of Premier League games, and in general, theft of Intellectual Property and that it’s so easy to lodge a complaint.

In short – give me a break.

This is what Saudi Arabia’s minister of commerce, Dr. Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qasabi (shown above), has written:

“No evidence of civil or criminal copyright violation at all has been provided to the Saudi authorities responsible for enforcing intellectual property rights in Saudi Arabia.”

“We want to confirm how simple and transparent our process is for submitting information and claims regarding the protection of intellectual property.”

“In order to raise an intellectual property issue in Saudi Arabia, a right holder only needs to send an email to the responsible authorities.”

“The Panel rejected claims that our Government supported the alleged copyright piracy and the Panel did not find that any copyright pirate was based on our territory.” 

That last paragraph is not exactly true, and the Premier League are not exactly pleased with the letter.

But this kind of nonsense from Saudi Arabia officials is not helpful, as we wait and wait for the approval from the Premier League to come through.

If indeed it will eventually come through.

Shame on them if they block the deal.

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320 comments so far

  • Great White Hunter

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #41

    Neverbeentowembly, I agree with a lot of what you say, I have no confidence or belief in the PL or Masters for that matter, 100% certain if we were a team in the London area, this would have been passed weeks ago.

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #42

    The Truth Is Out There

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #43

    Masters is an evil smurf!!!!

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #44

    Dagwoodz and Mund

    We are talking about a press release from a board member of the PIF and a document from the Saudi government to the WTO.

    Giving more credit to official statements from Saudi officials than “ITK” journalists and twitter addicts is hardly unreasonable and certainly isn’t “confirmation bias”.

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #45

    JohnReese

    Anyone would think I have nowt else to do now everyone’s back off furlough and I’m stuck at home all day… Don’t worry though mate I’ll be off out on my bike later and probably camping again this weekend so you’ll get a few days where the PR get to dominate the scene again.

    5
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #46

    KV

    But if you dont think there really is a takeover and its not with the PL for approval, then nothing from KSA matters to Newcastle right?

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #47

    TheJimBelow

    Remember when the dirty southerners stopped UAE buying City and a Saudi buying Sheff Utd in their giant southern football conspiracy?

    Me neither…

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  • geordietom

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #48

    Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8
    Mund

    Look up “tongue in cheek”

    I adore Shearer. He’s the reason I support the club. And Lineker is one of the most gracious players to ever set foot on a pitch. He went his whole career without picking up a single card. What a gent.

    kev i dont think you meant it to be tongue in cheek i reckon you meant every word of it , wasn’t gonna get into this but youv’e been on here two minutes and you wind people up Why what do you get out of it ? honestly iv’e tried with you but if someone puts something on you go the other way cant understand why you do it , bored maybe , laughing your rocks off at us dunno myself why you seem to take great pleasure in doing it i really cant… do you hate us Geordies ? seems like it to me thats my opinion …

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  • JohnReese

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #49

    KV, since you’re so big on everyone providing proof for everything. Can you please show me your proof that there’s PR on the blog?

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #50

    Just watching last nights gallowgate shots I don’t think I’ve ever seen red rose so disinterested in a blog. Mind you the goblet she’s slurping out of could hold a gallon lol.

    1
  • outside the box

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #51

    delaying tactics …again cannot see any takeover until 100% sure of prem survival no company will gamble £350m….could be after bournemouth game.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #52

    GP

    Absolutely right. f there’s no takeover, it’s all irrelevant.

    If there is a takeover, it seems that the Saudis are doing everything in their power to distance themselves from any piracy allegations, which is the polar opposite of what we have been hearing for weeks now. So if there IS a takeover (which I am highly doubtful of) then why has it taken so long if not because the Saudis aren’t dealing with piracy to appease the PL? That was basically the only reason we’ve been offered since it became clear that the 1st of June deadline was yet another lie.

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  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #53

    Geordietom

    Postponing your jollies is a wise move. It’s not the where but the getting there and back virus tree’s the problem. You’ll never know what’s in the air around you till it hits you.

    1
  • JohnReese

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #54

    Outside the box,

    How do you think the Bournemouth game is gonna turn out? I’m really worried that City game will have exhausted the players mentally as much as physically. Gonna take a bit effort to get them motivated again after being so outplayed.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #55

    GT

    I feel like you and I have very different senses of humour mate. I like it dry and rough. Just ask Archaeomag…

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #56

    tom
    He 100% meant it the way we think he just wriggled out of it

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  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #57

    GTom

    Your flies in the kitchen one’s owld than me. I heard it as a kid as flies in a chip shop.

    Another one I remember being told at the same time (near 70 years ago!) was

    What’s got seven eyes but can’t see?

    Three blind mice and half a she’s head!

    Bye bye

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  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #58

    Geordietom

    Correction

    What’s got seven eyes but can’t see?

    Three blind mice and half a SHEEP’s head!

    That’s better…. nah, not really

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #59

    JohnReese

    Toon22 had Jib sewn up on this months ago for posting things that only the club had access to before it hit the public domain. Plus the string of lies to cover his tracks is incredibly damning. Why would you pretend to have jobs that you don’t actually have unless you were hiding something about your real job? He clearly works for the club.

    5
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #60

    KV

    but who said the deadline was June 1st? no-one that i know of from the PL has said how long the process takes for any club?

    This takeover, lets pretend its true, is clearly more complex than any previous ones given the privacy element covering hundreds of millions of pounds and the 2 countries involved basically being at war.

    for the record i do think obviously it should have been concluded by now one way or the other, but i dont think its all made up and that every person who believes in it is PR or a shill.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #61

    lesh …

    we made the best decision mate …

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  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #62

    Mund

    Do you think that not interacting with Kevin V might help stop this nonsense?

    11
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #63

    John Reese,
    Luckily for us Munter reckons that the players will run through brick walls for Brucie so 90 minutes of football shouldn’t be a bother.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #64

    Iv seen a couple of KVs jokes that people have taken the wrong way. For me they were just jokes, didnt see anything wrong in them gotta be honest.

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  • JohnReese

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #65

    KV,

    So you have no proof whatsoever other than what Toon22 said? There’s a surprise. You weren’t even on the blog back then when that stuff was being talked about so why do you feel the need to jump on the PR bandwagon.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #66

    mund …

    he did mate he really did …

    see him siding with the frog thru the night …

    1
  • HpoolMag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #67

    The best way to shut someone up is to not engage with them just completely blank them no name calling no arguing nothing just carry on your day as if they weren’t there and discuss topics with others that you do want to engage with you will find that they soon go

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  • Bladey

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #68

    I think the hold up is the premier leagues legal team are making a water tight case so there can be no come back when they turn the Saudi bid down
    The killing at the Turkish embassy
    The Saudis human rights will not be a factor
    The British government has dealings galore with Saudi Arabia
    Its the piracy problem that will break the camels back
    The e p l are covering every last stone because the Saudis will take it as a snub to the country
    And hey it could cause problems with G B relations at the highest of levels
    But there is no hidden agenda against nufc from the premier league as some suggest
    I think their will be an answer by Friday though I am not hopeful it will be what we want to hear
    ASH OUT BRUCE OUT TAKEOVER YES PLEASE

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  • JohnReese

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #69

    Jail,

    It was exhausting just watching that game. Can’t imagine how the players must be feeling today. Wonder if anyone’s going to be having words with Schär and Gayle.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #70

    Mund,
    If you carry this on after telling people to ignore him, what does that make you?

    12
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #71

    GP

    I don’t think everyone who believes in the takeover is PR or a shill either. I just know that some of them are. We know the club has an active PR department that will be trying to influence fans, and they will be pushing the takeover narrative. We also know that some of those PR people will be successful in convincing the fans. I’ll look at who is in denial of the hard evidence and pushing speculation as those people are the likely candidates.

    1
  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #72

    geordietom

    You did but there’ll a lot who didn’t. It’s a frightening bug that’s not going to go away for a while.

    Ask him nicely and Jib might have a word with his fellow traveller, Ashley and ask him to lay on his private jet, transport and his villa in Majorca for you and the Mrs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #73

    Schar deserved a smack in the mouth John Reese, deliberate petulance.

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  • HpoolMag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #74

    Remember a wum needs replies to get his/her next retort in just kill the conversation

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #75

    Months ago didn’t he join weeks ago??

    Then he will say I was a long time reader but recent poster BS

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #76

    GP

    Thanks again for saying what you did, by the way. I thought it was a pretty obvious joke but I guess that’s because I had a tongue-in-cheek tone in mind when I typed it out.

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #77

    Jail

    Mate from now on I’m weighing in on your shit

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  • JohnReese

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #78

    Jail,

    That would have driven me mad as a player. Yeah you always want to be in touch of the man your marking but two pushes in the back?! Even without VAR that would have been suicidal.

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #79

    Jail

    Do you like getting the piss took out of you

    0
  • geordietom

    Jun 29, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #80

    kev …

    dont like your thing about you and Archaeomag , you never answered me about hating us geordies you swerved that one didnt you …

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