Broadcaster beIn Sport urges Premier League to consider implications of Saudi Arabia's reported Newcastle takeover

22 April 2020

Yousef Al-Obaidly
Photo: PA Images "The danger of allowing the acquisition of a controlling or material interest in a major Premier League club by what is effectively the Saudi Arabian government cannot be ignored given the country’s past," the chief executive of the beIN media group, Yousef Al-Obaidly (left), said in the letter.

English football's biggest overseas broadcaster says Saudi Arabia's involvement in piracy streaming threatens the Premier League's future prosperity.

The Premier League has made several unsuccessful attempts to take legal action against the kingdom's state-owned pirate channel.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

The Premier League's biggest overseas broadcaster, beIn Sport, has written to the league and its 20 clubs, according to the Times, recommending them to consider the implications of Saudi Arabia's proposed takeover of Newcastle United due to the kingdom's involvement with pirate streaming.

The potential deal, once thought dead in the water, appeared revived last month when it was reported the Premier League had been informed of the intentions of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), to take over the club in a £300 million acquisition. 

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