Government urged not to ‘sit on the bench’ during proposed Newcastle takeover

Newcastle United Takeover
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The Government has been urged to “take a role” in scrutinising the proposed Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle by the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on football.

Clive Betts, the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, says the Saudi Arabian state’s alleged involvement in pirate network beoutQ, which has illegally broadcast Premier League matches as well as other sporting events, means the Government must give the proposed £300million deal its attention and not leave it in the hands of the Premier League.

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