Newcastle United takeover will ‘greatly stain’ Premier League, says Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée
The PIF is part of a tripartite agreement led by PCP Capital Partners, venture capital and private equity firm led by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, and real estate company Reuben Brothers, which wants to buy the club from English businessman Mike. Ashley.
“The British authorities and the Premier League (sic) should not allow someone like Mohamed Bin Salman (sic), who has not yet held any responsibility for the murder of my late fiancé, Jamal Khashoggi, to be if involved in sports in the UK, “Cengiz said in a statement.
“To do otherwise will significantly damage the reputation of the Premier League and the United Kingdom. Mohamed Bin Salman is strategically using international sports to repair his badly damaged reputation after the murder of Jamal.”
The PIF did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. Previous requests to PIF and Saudi officials for comment regarding the Newcastle takeover also went unanswered.
The Premier League declined to comment when contacted by CNN, while PCP lawyers did not respond to a previous request for comment.
BeIN, which has exclusive rights to the Premier League in the Middle East and North Africa, said the Premier League “would investigate the potential buyer of the club” – comments to which the Premier League declined to respond.
According to Premier League rules, potential new club owners must pass the organization and appropriate person test.
If the deal is made, that would end Ashley’s 13 year ownership of Newcastle.