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.