The fiance of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, has once again called on the Premier League not to approve the £300million sale of Newcastle United to a Saudi-led consortium. It is approaching three months since Newcastle owner Mike Ashley first agreed to sell the club to the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers.
However, the Premier League is yet to announce whether the takeover has the green light to proceed.
A decision is expected to be made soon but the wait has created tension for all parties involved.
With the involvement of the Saudis, there has been strong opposition to the deal.
From the outset, Cengiz has condemned the takeover and written to the Premier League and Newcastle fans, pleading with them to not allow the deal to go ahead.
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On Monday, the UK government imposed sanctions on 49 human rights abusers, which include those involved in the death of Khashoggi in October 2018.
And in response, Cengiz remains adamant the takeover cannot happen.
She said: “The inner-circle of the Crown Prince is now on trial for murder in Turkey and under new sanctions in the UK, including Saudi-Al-Qahtani, who has also been implicated by the World Trade Organisation as a senior official involved in the criminal piracy of Premier League and BeIN sports broadcasts.
“Considering all these facts, the UK government and the Premier League must not allow the takeover of Newcastle United by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.”
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“I think second half we played a lot better when we went attacking them,” said Carroll.
“I think we sat too deep too early and let them dominate the game, and they brought it to us instead of us to them. I think we need to go out and play, especially at their place – I think we have to give it a right go.
“You give them enough time on the ball and they’re just going to keep 90 per cent of it. They’re a tough team to play against.”
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