Premier League to "consider" Jamal Khashoggi's widows views before sanctioning Newcastle takeover

Premier League to "consider" Jamal Khashoggi's widows views before sanctioning Newcastle takeover

English Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says he will "fully consider"  views of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi before making a decision on Newcastle United's proposed takeover.  

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) is financing a £300m takeover of the Premiership side. Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has written to the league to oppose the deal.

It is widely believed that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who heads the PIF, ordered Khashoggi's murder in 2018 - which he denies.

BBC Sport reports that Masters wrote to Cengiz's lawyer assuring her that her views will be considered. 

"I assure you and your client that her representations are being fully considered in our process."

Cengiz's legal team say it is the first acknowledgement by the Premier League that her views are being taken into account in the takeover, which is being checked under its owners' and directors' test.

Masters, however, rejected Cengiz's request for a meeting saying that  "not possible, particularly in light of correspondence appearing in the media".

Checks under the league's owners' and directors' test have been going on for more than six weeks.

In addition to concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, broadcast piracy claims have also been raised in the media.

The Newcastle United Supporters' Trust (NUST) has been sympathetic to Cengiz's story and says it understands concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record. However, it says it has no influence on who takes over the club.

Last month, a NUST poll of 3,410 members found 96.7% were in favour of the new consortium to replace owner Mike Ashley, who has been in charge of Newcastle for 13 years.

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