Saudi Arabia would be powerless to challenge a rejection by the Premier League of their proposed £300 million takeover of Newcastle United, opponents of the deal believe三级成人视频, because a stack of alleged evidence of broadcasting rights piracy would leave no legal grounds for Riyadh’s Public Investment Fund to sue.
三级成人视频Campaigners led by the Qatar-based beIN Sport also welcomed an apparent shift in the Government’s attitude to the takeover, with Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, telling Sky News: “There’s a proper process that we have got in place, to look at everything from the competition aspects of it, to other questions of propriety. I think it’s right that that legal due process, with all the safeguards that it’s got in place, is followed and we have this debate about takeovers in this country. I think we should follow the rule of law.”
三级成人视频In April the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said the intended sale by Mike Ashley was “a matter for the Premier League.”
Raab’s reference to “the rule of law” is seen as significant after the World Trade Organisation supported beIN’s allegation that “[the Saudi entity] beoutQ’s piracy was promoted by prominent Saudi nationals", and that "beoutQ has received assistance from a Saudi content distributor in delivering its pirated broadcasts to Saudi consumers.” The WTO said “Qatar has established a prima facie case that beoutQ is operated by individuals or entities subject to the criminal jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia.”
beIN commissioned Stephen Nathan QC of Blackstone Chambers in London to investigate whether the Premier League would be in breach of its ownership test by ignoring Saudi piracy, along with allegedly false denials.
In his report, seen by The Telegraph三级成人视频, Nathan advises that “if the Saudi Arabian government’s conduct in relation to beoutQ had taken place in the United Kingdom, this conduct would have fulfilled the requirements of multiple English law offences.”
Nathan concludes there are “numerous” ways the buyers “fall foul” of the Premier League’s ownership tests and that rejecting the purchase is “amply justified, and indeed required” under the rules by which prospective owners are “disqualified.”
He also cites the WTO report’s section on piracy of the 2018 World Cup, which was “broadcast” on big screens at 294 public locations in Saudi Arabia. Fifa and Uefa have both issued condemnations of Saudi piracy.
beIN’s legal analysis is that Ashley would find it hard to sue if there was no financial cost to him. A reported rival bid by the American television executive, Henry Mauriss, would mitigate Ashley’s loss of Saudi money三级成人视频. But in court, Saudi’s PIF would run up against evidence compiled throughout world sport that it had been “reasonable” for the Premier League to reject the deal under its own rules.