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English Premier League club takeover takes geopolitical twist

April 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The potential takeover of a Premier League club has taken a geopolitical twist after Qatari-based media giant BeIN Media Group aired concerns of Saudi Arabian involvement in the purchase of Newcastle United due to the latter's alleged role in illegally streaming football matches.

(CNN)The potential takeover of an English Premier League club has taken a geopolitical twist after Qatari-based media giant beIN Media Group aired concerns of Saudi Arabian involvement in the purchase of Newcastle United due to the Saudis' alleged role in illegally streaming football matches.

In a letter sent by beIN CEO Yousef Al-Obaidly to Premier League CEO Richard Masters, Al-Obaidly alludes to the "direct role" Saudi Arabia has had in the "launch, promotion and operation" of alleged pirate streaming service beoutQ.

"While the Premier League needs to seriously look at any potential conflict between the ownership of a football club and the alleged three year theft of UK media rights by the future owner, the government should take a role, not sit on a bench. "

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