Newcastle United continue to await news on whether their Saudi-backed takeover will meet the requirements of the Premier League’s owners and directors test and this week supporters have been reacting on social media to an interesting development.
The saga has rumbled on for 12 weeks now as the top-flight still sit on an official decision, but it is thought that the deal’s chances of approval have been boosted after the Middle Eastern country pledged to clamp down on issues of piracy.
And now the Saudi state have approached the Bundesliga over a TV rights deal that would hijack Qatari sports broadcasters beIN Sports’ bid.
Will the Premier League approve the takeover?
Plenty of fans are loving the news as they believe it will put presenter Richard Keys, who has actively opposed the Magpies’ takeover, out of a job.
It may also be seen as a positive step in their quest to banish the illegal streaming of football events in the country whilst it has also been reported that they would try to bid for the Premier League’s Middle East offering, too.
Either way, the United faithful are thrilled by this latest information, here’s how they’ve reacted…
I hope the Premier League can see which way the wind is blowing.
— David Mcgivern (@davemcg1) June 24, 2020
— Howay The lads (@HWTL_) June 24, 2020
Wow!! This is going to get interesting. Pop corn at the ready!! I bet there in talks with premier league aswell!
— CGH (@Backchoye87) June 24, 2020
Anything that hurts Bein sports is great. Keys will be out of a job soon. I hope they manage to get the PL rights.
— Angel 💙 (@AngelNUFC) June 24, 2020
Not directly, but the fact KSA are moving for top league football tv rights, means PL is bount to be on their list. If KSA bid, BeIn unlikely to be able to match.
The PL accepting our takeover puts their foot in the door. Same with them stopping piracy. BeIn will be worried.
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) June 24, 2020
— Sean Cavens 🖤❤️💛 (@seancavens) June 24, 2020
I expect to see furry fingers at the job centre in the next few weeks
— Jack 🇸🇦 (@jchaytor16) June 24, 2020
Richard Keys when he loses his job and when Saudi’s takes us over pic.twitter.com/7fICpTLlkl
— Liam ⚫️⚪️ (@LondonToonfan) June 24, 2020
Keys is going on Jobseekers 🙌🙌
— Shane Kearley (@srkearley) June 24, 2020
GO ON THE SAUDIS 🔥🔥
— Jack ✌ (@Jack_Elston23) June 24, 2020
Saudi have already taken Bundesliga and Serie A from Bein. Next will be Premier League.
— Alan Bootiman (@BootimanAlan) June 24, 2020
Really think some communication from @premierleague regards this takeover is well over due. I know it’s confidential but we are in limbo and on tenterhooks. It’s ridiculous
— Paul Gleadow (@PGleadow) June 24, 2020
— Lee Toon (@Lee_toon1) June 24, 2020