The Premier League have been warned they will be a “patsy” for a regime “trying to sportswash their abysmal human rights records” if they give the go ahead to the Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Newcastle United. The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia – controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman – is set to purchase 80 per cent of the club from Mike Ashley as part of the £300million deal fronted by Amanda Staveley.
“Whether or not this deal goes ahead, we’re calling on Newcastle United staff and fans to familiarise themselves with the dire human rights situation in Saudi Arabia and be prepared to speak out about it.
“At the very least, the Premier League should make a clear statement over how its owners and directors test has been applied in this case, and what assessment has been made of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record under Mohammed bin Salman’s leadership.”
Saudi Arabia have also been at war in Yemen since 2015 – a conflict that has resulted in thousands of deaths and worsened the humanitarian situation in the country.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade have labelled the takeover “immoral” while highlighting the £5.2billion worth of weapons sold by the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia in the last five years.
Published at Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:37:00 +0000