Amnesty International He said his apparent failure to reexamine whether the Premier League is under the control of the Saudi state. Newcastle It shows that there is “a gap at the top of English football”.
A court document filed in the United States last week as part of a dispute between the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour. LIV Golf raised new questions about the level of division between the club’s leadership and the Saudi state.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), which owns a controlling stake in the club, was described in the document as “a sovereign instrument of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, while PIF governor and Newcastle chairman Yasir Al Rumayyan was described as “residence”. minister in the Saudi government”.
This Premier League He approved the takeover of the Saudi-led consortium only after receiving “legally binding assurances” that there would be no state control over the club in October 2021. Although a week has passed since the publication of the document, no statement has been made on the subject.
Peter Frankental, Amnesty International’s director of economic affairs, said: “A week after the Public Investment Fund’s announcement, there has been an alarming silence from the Premier League about the Newcastle deal.
“About three years ago we were warned that the league needed to strengthen its ownership rules to prevent state-linked overseas buyers from using English football to wash sports – but nothing has been done and now there is a clear gap at the top of English football in this all-important issue.
“During the time Saudi Arabia owned Newcastle, human rights oppression under Mohammed bin Salman got worse – now freedom of expression has almost disappeared, largely unfair trials and torture have become commonplace, and the death penalty is widely used and with dire consequences.
“It is absolutely inconceivable that the Premier League would not re-examine the assurances given that Saudi officials were not involved in the Newcastle deal, and the sooner this is announced the better.”
Premier League CEO Richard Masters He said in a BBC interview in November 2021 that “we can remove the consortium as owners of the club” if his organization finds evidence of government involvement in the management of the club.
Newcastle declined to comment on whether there has been any contact between the club and the Premier League in this regard.