Premier League make request to PIF ahead of Newcastle takeover


For nearly 11 weeks the Newcastle takeover saga has been rumbling on.

However, still, we are nowhere closer to seeing it go through.

Football has returned to St James' Park, but unfortunately for the Toon Army, Mike Ashley is very much in charge of the club.

It feels an age since he first accepted that £300m offer from the Prince Investment Fund and yet here we are, still standing and waiting for the Premier League to pass comment.

When that is forthcoming is anyone's guess at the moment.

Like any potential takeover situation, the people involved have to pass the owner's and director's test but because of piracy in Saudi Arabia, there's been a huge delay in the takeover being announced.

However, one journalist has now shared why we're waiting even longer for the deal to be announced and formally completed.


Taking to Twitter, The Sun's Alan Nixon had his say on the matter, revealing that the Premier League had made a very specific request, one that ensured they got something from the Saudi's if they approved everything.

Nixon stated: 

This news is certainly hugely intriguing but it's rather unsurprising that once again, politics has got in the way of the deal.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Everyone at Newcastle was waiting eagerly for the World Trade Organisation's report last week to shed some light on the takeover.

However, although they discussed Saudi Arabia in huge detail, not once did they mention the Magpies and what was happening in the north-east of England.

Instead, it's been left to others to decipher what on earth is going on.

The illegal broadcasts of Premier League matches have hardly helped but they have now come to a legal arrangement regarding the rights.

That will surely delight the top dogs in charge of the division but it appears as though they have one last request.

If the Premier League are able to get something from it then the deal will suit every single party, something that didn't look likely when the piracy revelations first emerged.

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