Saudi Arabia’s takeover of Newcastle divides fans. The blood-red violation of human rights in the country creates resentment among some. Others rejoice after “14 years of pain.”
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– Now it’s over, I don’t want to be a part of this, says political commentator at Bergens Tidende, Morten Myksvoll, to VG.
Launch a 26-year love affair with Newcastle football club following Thursday’s news:
The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) has received ready to buy signal as majority shareholder of the club.
– Saudi Arabia will use the club that I have been cheering for since I was nine years old to wash the blood off its fists and enhance its reputation internationally. I can’t bear to participate in that sports wash. I’m not happy that Newcastle does well when owned by a brutal human rights abuser, he explains.
The term “sports laundering” is used to describe Saudi Arabia’s attempts to divert attention from human rights violations through sports. The fund is managed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
– The acquisition by Mohammad bin Salman and Saudi Arabia is a direct attempt to divert attention from serious human rights violations, such as the use of the death penalty, serious attacks on minorities and the near-ban on freedom of expression in the country. says Amnesty Norway Secretary General John Peder Egenæs in a press release.
Amnesty has repeatedly called on the Premier League to halt Saudi Arabia’s plans.
“We are very proud to be the owners of Newcastle United, one of the most famous clubs in English football,” said PIF Director Yasir Al-Rumayyan.
The acquisition comes just over three years later. the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia has claimed responsibility for the assassination and, according to the CIA, it was Crown Prince bin Salman who ordered the assassination.
– The purchase is a clear money laundering of the cruel murder of Khashoggi, he writes The independent in the comment space.
The acquisition also joins an increasing number of land ownership clubs. Manchester City is owned by the UAE on the side of the property, PSG of Qatar.
PIF has reportedly paid NOK 3.4 billion to buy Newcastle. His wallet of almost 2,921,330 million, 2,921 billion or 2,921 billion if you will, makes the English club one of the richest in the world.
The club has been owned by businessman Mike Ashley for 14 years, but now the Premier League organization has approved a sale to the Saudis.
– They move more for money than anyone else and sell to get rich, says Myksvoll about the Premier League.
Ashley has not been a popular owner:
The league claims that they have received legal guarantees that it is not the Saudi state, but the fund, that has taken control of the club. Myksvoll shakes his head.
– It is not the people who love football who let this happen. The fact that they claim that this fund is not state-owned shows how easily they are willing to sell. Now there is another dictator who has access to football, says the political commentator.
The Saudi Arabian investment fund has long considered buying Newcastle, but withdrew from negotiations last year. This was justified by the uncertainty surrounding the corona pandemic.
A heated dispute with Qatar, which has now been resolved, is due Sky sports be an important reason why the purchase can now be completed.
Qatari BeIN Media Group has the rights to show the Premier League in the Middle East. At the same time, Saudi Arabia has operated an illegal pirate channel broadcasting Premier League matches. Now this dispute should be cleared up.
As Myksvoll thundered against the takeover, other Newcastle supporters stood outside the club’s stadium and chanted that they had “got the club back.”
One of the club’s greatest legends, Alan Shearer, also applauds:
Ashley has been a deeply unpleasant landlord among a large chunk of fans, and Myksvoll can understand why some people react with glee.
– I understand it well because it has been frustrating to follow Ashley’s team, who have tried to take the life of the club. There are fans who have not experienced success for many years and are hungry for success. The vast majority of people do not encourage the owners, but the club. But I can’t find joy anymore, he says.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce fears the acquisition will be the end of his time at the club.
– I’d rather have a chance to show what I can do, but realistically speaking, new owners often want a new manager to usher in something new, he says. The Telegraph.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is clearly happy with the new owners.
– Fantastic news. Very happy on behalf of the fans, who have been waiting so long for this. We have an exciting journey ahead of us, he writes. Twitter.