The Premier League could stop the proposed Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United due to concerns that their government is helping commercialise illegal streams.
That’s right, it’s not that Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime that only recently allowed women to learn how to drive, it’s because they are stealing money from the Premier League who, we all know, are a bit tight for cash.
Let’s not mention Jamal Khashoggi, shall we?
I feel for Newcastle fans, I really do. Their club and fanbase is huge and the amount of s**t they’ve put up with over my lifetime at the hands of their owners, especially Mike Ashley, would have caused many Arsenal fans to burn the Emirates to the ground.
While there have, of course, been protests, Newcastle fans have done their best to get behind their side at every given opportunity and while no club or set of fans deserves anything in this game, you can’t help but feel they deserve better than this.
That being said, as we talk about frequently on this site, at what price do you want your club taken over?
The Premier League reportedly accuse the Saudi government of refusing to help in a legal action against beoutQ, a broadcaster allegedly streaming Premier League games illegally by using the state-owned Arab Satellite Communications Organisation, also known as Arabsat which is available throughout Africa and the Middle East.
The Premier League are taking the issue so seriously they have employed no fewer than nine law firms to enact legal action but have been denied jurisdiction by the Saudi government.
Imagine if the Premier League and/or the FA took racism and all other forms of discrimination as seriously as they do the loss of a few million pounds when they raked in £4.46bn for just three of their five 2019-2022 packages.
For those who might think a billion is only a little more than a million, let me put it this way – if I asked you to wait for me for one million seconds, you’d be sitting at that coffee table for 11 days.
If I asked you to wait one billion seconds, it would be 35 years before I turned up.