The Magpies now belong to a Saudi Arabian investment fund, the same one that has PSG and Manchester City, and the Liverpool manager shared his outrage about it.
The purchase of Newcastle by a Saudi Arabia investment fund, the same one that has PSG and Manchester City, aroused controversy in the Premier League and one of the ones that came out with the spike caps was Jürgen Klopp, coach of Liverpool, to the point that compared today the richest club in the world with the European Super League, the new format that the powers tried to implement in the Old Continent.
“I don’t want to talk about it too much, but there cannot be two opinions on human rights concerns in Saudi Arabia. There is no question about this. Why has it been allowed despite all the doubts? I can not tell you. Should other people explain it“he declared Klopp in dialogue with Sky.
And I add: “If we talk only about football, in the long term they are going to be a superpower. It is the third club that I know that belongs to a country and one of the richest families in the world (referring to PSG and Manchester City). This opens up many possibilities“.
But the story would not end here, since the Italian media assure that since Saudi Arabia they go for more. This group, controlled by the Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, too wants to enter Serie A with Inter Milan. “With the Super League, everyone was against it. This is basically like the Super League, but only for one club. Newcastle have guaranteed themselves a dominant role in the world for the next 20 or 30 years“, concluded the German technician.
Newcastle closed its sale to a Saudi Arabian fund
After solving audiovisual rights problems that reversed the operation a year and a half ago, Public Investment Fund (PIF) disbursed more than 400 million dollars to keep 80% of the club’s shares.
The share package will be completed by the Reuben brothers and financier Amanda Staveley, who will retain the remaining 20% divided equally.
In April of last year, the same fund had tried to stay with the club, but the Piracy problems in the Saudi country with the operator BeIn Sports, one of the channels that owns the rights to the competition, pushed him away. Solved this obstacle, Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle, had a free way to sell the club after fourteen years at the helm.
Although there were many criticisms of the operation, because Saudi Arabia was accused of committing crimes against human rights, as with the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, PIF is considered an independent entity of the state, so the Premier cannot stop the operation.
What’s more, 93 percent of Newcastle fans were in favor of the sale, according to a survey, since they see this operation as a possibility of becoming a new Manchester City, seeing that the situation of the team at the moment is worrying. They only reaped three points in seven games played.
What was the European Super League, who was going to play it and what was the format like
How many teams were going to participate in the new European Super League?
There were 20 clubs, the fifteen founders and five additional teams that were to qualify annually based on the previous season’s performance. All games were scheduled to be played on weekdays and all clubs were to continue to compete in their respective national leagues, thus preserving the traditional calendar that is at the center of club life.
How was the competition system of the European Super League?
The season was scheduled for August with the participation of the clubs in two groups of ten, who were going to play round-trip matches; the top three in each group automatically qualified for the quarterfinals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth would play an additional two-legged playoff. Subsequently, two-party playoffs were to be played from the quarterfinals to reach the final (single game, at the end of May, in a neutral venue).
Who was going to participate in the European Super League?
Twelve teams were safe: the famous Premier League Big Six (Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham); Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, by La Liga; and Inter, Milan and Juventus, Milan; from Serie A. Bayern Munich and PSG were waiting for news. Also, there was to be one more place for Germany.
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