Premier League urged to block Newcastle United takeover

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Supporters continue to face an anxious wait as a decision over Newcastle United's takeover.

News broke over three months ago about a prospective £300million deal to buy the club, meaning that the fans have been on tenterhooks ever since.

Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, with just one final test standing in their way.

The club are currently waiting on a verdict from the Premier League as to whether the £300million deal can go ahead.

There's been plenty of speculation as to why such a delay has occurred, with issues such as human rights violations and piracy both being investigated amid the interest from Saudi Arabia.

According to the Daily Express, the families of the human rights campaigners who have been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia have urged the Premier League to 'do the right thing' and block the proposed takeover.

A letter from Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi wrote: "In short, we are begging you to do the right thing – Saudi Arabia must not be allowed to buy its way into the Premier League while our loved ones languish in jail under the most dreadful of circumstances.

“They have been beaten, tortured, threatened with murder and sexual assault, held in isolation – and we fear they could die at the hands of their captors just as many, including Jamal Khashoggi, have died before them.

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“It is not too late to do the right thing. Football is the global game and you operate its most popular league – you have a unique opportunity to demand change.

"The purchase of Newcastle United Football Club by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the light of the treatment of our loved ones and the human rights abuses outlined in this letter and elsewhere, is a moral outrage, would cause irreparable damage to the Premier League’s reputation and may well contravene your own rules.

“We are begging you – please stop the deal and join our calls for the freedom of all human rights campaigners held in Saudi prisons.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

While patience is obviously key during such uncertain times, you can hardly blame the Newcastle United fans for growing restless.

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For many, a potential announcement of a full takeover is exactly what they’ve been wishing for several years while enduring a turbulent reign under Mike Ashley.

The Sports Direct owner has been a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside, and that’s why talk of interest from the Saudi-based consortium is such a hot topic of conversation.

But Newcastle fans must still be cautious.

If anyone knows what it’s like to see their club owned by an unpopular figure, it’s Newcastle United fans.

That’s why they must remain patient – after all, the last thing they want is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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