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posouth:唔覺唔覺Ashley都做咗十幾年卡數班主, 卡數一直都無好過. [表情] [表情]
當年同期利記比兩件利老闆買入, 衰到喊, 但好好彩捱咗3-4年之後Henry哥打救, 脫苦海. 紐卡數就冇咁好彩 [表情]  (2020-05-22 11:19) 

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Newcastle takeover in serious doubt as WTO rules pirate TV channel is Saudi

    Saudi Arabia is behind satellite TV service beoutQ, WTO rules
    ‘Breach of international law’ threatens £300m deal for club


https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/26/newcastle-takeover-in-serious-doubt-as-wto-rules-pirate-tv-channel-is-saudi

Tue 26 May 2020 18.00 BST
Last modified on Tue 26 May 2020 21.00 BST

The takeover of Newcastle United has been thrown into serious doubt by the WTO’s ruling that Saudi Arabia is behind beoutQ.

The controversial £300m Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Newcastle United appears to be in serious doubt after the World Trade Organization ruled that the country is behind a pirate satellite TV and streaming service that offers illegal access to sporting events, the Guardian can reveal.

While the WTO’s 130-page final report will not be published until mid-June, it is understood that the independent ruling firmly establishes that the Saudi government is behind beoutQ. It can also be revealed that the Premier League, which received the WTO report this month, made submissions against Saudi Arabia as part of the legal process.

Previously Fifa, Uefa, the Premier League, La Liga and others have tried to take legal action against beoutQ in Saudi Arabia for illegally streaming matches, but nine local legal firms declined to take on the copyright case. Subsequently a case against Saudi Arabia was taken to the WTO, the highest judicial body that could rule on the matter. It has now issued its ruling – finding that Saudi Arabia is in breach of international law as a result of beoutQ.

The development will raise fundamental questions about whether Newcastle’s mooted takeover – which would lead to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund taking an 80% stake in the club, with PCP Capital Partners and the property developers David and Simon Reuben taking 10% each – will pass the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test. That test can be failed if a crime is committed overseas that would also be one in the UK. It is also made clear to prospective owners that false, misleading or inaccurate information cannot be submitted to the Premier League.

With Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, also the chairman of the Public Investment Fund, the WTO report establishes a clear legal link between the beoutQ piracy service and the Saudi state. However, that link is denied by the country as well as Newcastle’s prospective Saudi majority owners.

It is now almost two months since the consortium contacted the Premier League for approval – a process that was expected to take around 30 days. When the Guardian reported a fortnight ago that there was likely to be further delay, the consortium insisted it was “very hopeful” the deal would be approved imminently.

Mohammed bin Salman is Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and also the chairman of the country’s Public Investment Fund, which wants to take an 80% stake in Newcastle. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The British government has taken the issue of Saudi piracy so seriously that Liam Fox, the then secretary of state at the Department for International Trade, wrote to a colleague last July to say that he had “written to Dr Majed Al Qasabi, the minister for commerce and investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and [that] the Chancellor of the Exchequer [then Philip Hammond] has recently raised beoutQ with Ministers in Saudi Arabia”.

Saudi Arabia had previously claimed beoutQ originated in Cuba and Colombia, prompting the governments of both countries to issue firm denials. It later emerged that beoutQ was being broadcast from the Arabsat satellite, which is majority-owned by the Saudi state and has its headquarters in the country.

BeoutQ has since been removed from Arabsat. However, beoutQ illegal set-top boxes which allow the streaming of major broadcasters, including Sky and BT, are still widely available widely across the region. In January, Saudi Arabia was named in a European commission report for its failure to crack down on the platform. It also remains on a US government priority watch list as one of the “notorious markets for counterfeiting and piracy”.

Recently, the president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, urged the Premier League to consider the damage that beoutQ’s pirating of broadcasts had caused the sport before deciding on the Newcastle takeover.

Amnesty International has also asked the league to consider blocking the takeover, saying that Bin Salman has been involved in a “sweeping crackdown on human rights”. Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in 2018 inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey, has also said the takeover should be blocked over his death.

The Premier League refused to comment about the latest developments when contacted by the Guardian.
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Newcastle takeover: Where is the Premier League club's sale up to?
By Alistair Magowan and Dan Roan

BBC Sport
Newcastle United's proposed takeover by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium has been delayed because of a lack of clarity over who would be in charge at the club, BBC Sport has learned.

Sixteen weeks after documents relating to a £300m takeover were registered with the Premier League, the deal is still being scrutinised under its owners' and directors' test.

But it is understood compliance requires greater certainty as to who would have ultimate responsibility at St James' Park.


The bid has been led by British financier Amanda Staveley, but Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth Public Investment Fund (PIF) is set to take an 80% stake.

PIF's chairman is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and it appears the Premier League's lawyers are struggling to establish the precise links between the consortium and the Saudi government.

This is crucial given the television rights piracy issues that have dogged the saga, with Saudi Arabia denying claims it facilitated the illegal streaming of sports events in the Middle East.

The Premier League, PIF and Magpies owner Mike Ashley have all declined to comment, but with only seven weeks until the new season starts, patience is starting to wear thin on all sides.

On Saturday, manager Steve Bruce spoke for Newcastle fans when he said: "We need a decision and we need one quickly."

What's the latest situation?
The potential takeover has been complicated by television piracy issues and alleged human right abuses.

Families of prisoners held in Saudi Arabia have told BBC Sport that they will "not stay silent" even if the deal goes through.

There is also keen interest in Newcastle from American businessman Henry Mauriss, who is willing to offer £350m for the club, who finished 13th in the Premier League standings.

BBC Sport has been told by a source that an exclusivity clause held between Ashley and the Saudi-backed consortium has come to an end.

That could offer an opportunity for Mauriss' camp to capitalise should the bid fall through.


So, in the meantime, it is all eyes back on Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and its board. It will make the call on whether the prospective owners have broken any laws and meet the required standards to protect the league's reputation and image.

Sources have said that although Bin Salman is the chair of PIF, he is not involved with its day-to-day running, so questions about Saudi Arabia's human rights record are not relevant to the bid.

What are the outstanding issues?
More than 97% of Newcastle United Supporters' Trust members are in favour of the takeover, and many fans have dismissed the manner in which the media has raised issues which could derail the Saudi bid.

Given their significance and complexity, however, those issues have been hard to ignore.

TV piracy in Saudi Arabia is a huge problem for the Premier League to contend with, especially as it has previously complained about it.

The World Trade Organization said there had been an infringement of intellectual property rights via the illegal beoutQ service, but in an apparent response to that ruling, Saudi Arabia then barred beIN Sports from operating.

Its service is the only legal way of watching Premier League football in the country. Saudi Arabia has always denied aiding the beoutQ operation and has insisted there is no link between its government and the alleged piracy.

There have also been appeals to the Premier League and fans about how Saudi Arabia disregards human rights, which Masters said would be "fully considered".

Why are Saudi families concerned by takeover?
Families of prisoners held in the kingdom have told BBC Sport that allowing a Saudi takeover would "legitimise" the regime that "commits horrendous crimes".

The takeover goes to the core of the sports-washing idea that many human rights organisations have raised. They say that if the Arab state is associated with the globally positive image of the Premier League, it would gloss over the abuses that occur in the country.

Lina al-Hathloul says her sister Loujain, a human rights activist, is one such example. Loujain campaigned for women's rights to drive; according to her sister, she has been in prison for two-and-a-half years and has been tortured, sexually harassed and held in solitary confinement for eight months.

The Saudi government says she and other activists were detained for conspiring with "hostile entities", while Bin Salman told CBS's 60 Minutes in 2019 that releasing her was not his decision to make. He added: "If this [torture] is correct, it is very heinous. The Saudi laws forbid torture."

But in an appeal to Newcastle fans, Lina said: "I want to tell them that their everyday life is very different from ours. My sister is in prison just because one of her demands was for women to drive.

"Saudi Arabia will be embarrassed if at every game they have protests. Whatever the decision is at the end, fans have leverage, they can ask for the detainees to be released."

Areej al-Sadhan, whose brother Abdulrahman is a humanitarian worker for Red Crescent and has been in prison for more than two years, said hundreds of families like theirs were affected.

She added: "We cannot stay silent about it. We are actually risking our own lives by speaking out about the situation.

"There are things money cannot buy and fans seriously need to look deeper at the Saudi practices in the kingdom."

Where does proposed takeover leave Bruce?
Bruce has previously said he would "love to be part" of the takeover, but his more immediate concerns will be related to the forthcoming season, which starts on 12 September.

He is set for a meeting on Wednesday with Ashley, where he can discuss if any funds are available for transfer targets. Bruce has said he hopes to get a few deals done, and will also hope that midfielder Matty Longstaff signs a new contract.

But most of all, he, like many fans, wants to know if the takeover will happen or not.

"It is a frustration," he said after losing to Liverpool on Sunday. "The club needs that clarity, all of us, so let's hope we can get that in the next few days or week or whatever it may be.

"If that's not going to happen, we need to know quickly so it can be business as usual."

As has been the case for almost four months, the answer lies with the Premier League.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/53558392



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NEW: #nufctakeover is off. Full statement as Saudi consortium pulls out.

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Full statement on collapse of takeover https://t.co/v5VWOQ QJ7p #nufc



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Newcastle takeover: Saudi Arabian-backed consortium pulls out of bid

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Interview w/ Amanda Staveley & Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

⚫️ PL’s “impossible” demands
⚪️ “No issue” with Ashley.
⚫️ Plans for “£250m investment.”
⚪️ Rival bids “rubbish.”
⚫️ Other clubs “jealous.”
⚪️ “Heartbroken but I don’t want to give up.”

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Saudi-led consortium forced to abandon takeover of Newcastle United
Buyout dropped as group feared being blocked by league
Fans still waiting for new owner to replace Mike Ashley

The controversial £300m takeover of Newcastle United collapsed on Thursday after a Saudi Arabia-led consortium withdrew its bid amid growing fears it would fail the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test. In effect the consortium walked before it was pushed.


The Guardian also understands the Premier League privately told the bid team weeks ago that it regarded the Saudi Public Investment Fund – which was hoping to acquire an 80% stake in Newcastle – as part of the Saudi state. That proved to be a key intervention because the kingdom has repeatedly blocked the Premier League taking legal action against the pirate broadcaster beoutQ for illegally streaming matches.

Crucially the owners’ and directors’ test is failed if a crime, such as piracy, is committed overseas that would also be considered one in the UK.

This month the Saudi-led consortium was given the opportunity to restructure its bid but given the kingdom’s de facto leader, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, is also chairman of PIF, it was unable to do so. There was also exasperation among Premier League circles that the Saudis failed to acknowledge a World Trade Organisation ruling that the beoutQ service was “operated by individuals or entities subject to the criminal jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia”.

The WTO ruling, which was first revealed by the Guardian, also said the Saudi state had breached intellectual property rights by failing to tackle piracy – yet Saudis bizarrely claimed the WTO’s decision was a victory for them.


That was clearly a high-risk strategy given the Premier League had supplied evidence directly to the WTO detailing Saudi piracy. Last month the league’s chief executive, Richard Masters, also told parliament it wanted Saudi Arabia to “respond positively to the situation and allow sports rights holders to protect their rights” – something it repeatedly failed to do.

While the Premier League refused to comment on Thursday, sources close to the consortium comprising the PIF, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers accused it of continually “moving the goalposts” after initially indicating they would approve the deal.

The bid, finalised with the Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, in March, had been gridlocked for the past 17 weeks during which Newcastle effectively became a pawn in the three-year cold war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar as Tynesiders dreamed of supporting England’s richest club.

Sources close to the consortium claim that, in April, the Premier League privately informed them the deal would be approved and there were “no red lights” but, instead, countless barriers were thrown up as the governing body grew increasingly concerned about the legal separation between PIF and the Saudi government.


As Newcastle fans struggled to accept they were stuck with the unpopular Ashley, a tearful Staveley claimed Masters had bowed to pressure from rival clubs, with Liverpool and Tottenham said to be among those who had opposed the buy-out.

“We are heartbroken obviously,” she said. “Of course we do [blame the Premier League]. They had a chance, they say we have not answered all the questions and we have done so. But the other clubs in the Premier League didn’t want it to happen.”

Staveley also told the Times: “The piracy issue was not an issue but we tried to resolve it anyway. They [the Premier League] tried to make the state of Saudi a director. The PIF had agreed to become a director.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jul/30/newcastle-united-takeover-falls-through-as-saudi-led-consortium-pulls-out

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NUFC’s MD Lee Charnley:
“We acknowledge yesterday’s statement. Never say never, but to be clear Mike Ashley is 100% committed to this deal (sale). However our current focus must now be on supporting Steve Bruce in the transfer market and on the preparations for the new season."

While this doesn’t say much, it’s the very first time Newcastle United have spoken on the record since the deal was agreed with the Saudi consortium back in April #NUFC

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