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Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

Premier League chief Richard Masters has spoken of the delays around Newcastle United's expected sale.

Plenty of objections to the takeover have been raised on moral grounds due to the Saudi's links with pirate pay television provider beoutQ, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.

The Premier League's board has been carrying out an examination of the proposed takeover as part of its "owners and directors test" which evaluates the suitability of ownership groups.

"All processes have to conclude and I would like the process to conclude shortly, ' he said in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday, as quoted by the Daily Mail".

"Obviously I can not comment in terms of timing or the specifics on any particular takeover".

"But in a flawless world, takeovers would happen clearly, cleanly and in a timely fashion".

"I think those two things would work hand in hand very well, and to inspire a generation of young female footballers to get involved in the game".

Masters said that he was bound by confidentiality clauses in all takeover processes and so was not able to discuss details of the case. "Every time a player steps onto the field, we want them to feel that they are in a safe environment, and we will continue to work with government, clubs and football stakeholders to ensure that happens".

The World Trade Organization ruled earlier in June that Saudi Arabia had failed to protect the intellectual property rights of Qatari-owned broadcaster beIN by refusing to take action against beoutQ.

"I think it is very hard to keep a constant dialogue with fans about what is an entirely confidential process".

It was put to him by Scottish National Party MP John Nicolson that the proposed Newcastle takeover put the league in "an extraordinary position" because the Saudi state was "up to its armpits in piracy".

We can't provide a running commentary on things and, as I said, I just can't talk about the specifics of this particular process.
"He is clearly not a fit and proper person".

"Nicolson added: "(The owners and directors test) is a weird test however where you could find yourself in a position where Louis Tomlinson, a singer from One Direction, finds himself blocked when he tried to take over Doncaster Rovers on the grounds that he wasn't a fit and proper person. "That would be humiliating for you surely?" Former Rovers owner John Ryan blamed the English Football League for blocking the deal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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