Plenty of Newcastle United supporters have flocked to a recent tweet from beIN Sport anchor Richard Keys.
The former Sky Sports man has been actively against the Magpies’ Saudi takeover and has now claimed the Middle Eastern state is out to ‘destroy’ the Qatari company he works for.
@RonnieTemplar The Saudi’s set out to destroy the company I work for & this fabulous little country I live in. Hundreds of my friends have lost jobs as a result. Like everyone else I’m allowed an opinion. Mine is based on facts not vitriolic abuse & death threats. 👍🏼.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) June 22, 2020
And his comments have unsurprisingly sparked a reaction from the St James’ Park faithful with many believing the 63-year-old presenter deserves everything that’s come his way.
United’s takeover has edged closer to approval this week after the Saudi kingdom announced they would clamp down on issues of piracy in their country.
It’s thought that pirate streaming service beoutQ was holding the deal back as they have illegally broadcasted Premier League matches, which is something the top-flight have tried to combat for years.
Saudi and Qatar simply do not get on and Keys’ remarks are hardly going to help those relations.
Anyway, here’s how the fanbase has reacted…
I’m not sure how Saudi piracy is the reason BeIN let hundreds of staff go, sounds a bit ridiculous.
— Dell 💦 (@agbnufc) June 22, 2020
Hey Rich, I’ll be honest, this made me laugh a bit.
— simon (@SimonAbbiyt) June 22, 2020
Remind me again how Qatar got the world cup pic.twitter.com/vw5TXndmEn
— toony (@ColinWi73944579) June 22, 2020
— john hegarty (@johnheg11) June 22, 2020
Not what you said earlier
— timmsonNUFC (@timmsonNUFC) June 22, 2020
Chins up Richard
— Nufc Amigos (@NUFCAmigos) June 23, 2020
“I wish it wasn’t Newcastle United being taken over..” or words to that effect I seem to remember. Whatever your own issues, when you start saying things like that, given your track record of criticism towards Rafa & #nufc, you will get no sympathy from us!
— neilB (@neilTheMagpie) June 22, 2020
Some advice for you keysie boy!! When your pointing the finger, just remember there is 3 pointing back at you !!🤷👊⚫⚪⚽
— Phil Walker (@PhilWal15778648) June 22, 2020
The dummies well and truly out. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke
— Carl Toplis (@carl_toplis) June 22, 2020
Pay them out of your own pocket then if you love them so much
— Gavin Cree (@GavinCree) June 22, 2020
Incoming break down …..
— Tom C (@TomC187) June 22, 2020
😴😴😴😴 stop crying hairy paws
— Luke (@lukehenry9) June 22, 2020
— lewis.j.c (@_lewisnufc_) June 22, 2020
Boo hoo, shouldn’t be in a job in the first place
— Jamie Coxon (@coxon_jamie) June 22, 2020
Maybe flapping as could be out of a Job & no one will employ you ?
— Tyneside Mag (@MagTyneside) June 22, 2020