NEWCASTLE fans are still nervously waiting to see if a £300m Saudi-led takeover for the club goes ahead.
It was revealed yesterday that the move from Mohammed bin Salman 'is in serious doubt' with the World Trade Organisation reportedly set to rule that Saudia Arabia is behind pirate TV station beoutQ.
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Newcastle's £300million takeover is in serious doubt after the World Trade Organisation ruled that Saudia Arabia is behind pirate TV station beoutQ.
The Guardian claims a report to be published in June will reveal the station, which illegally streams live Premier League games, is Saudi-backed.
The Premier League apparently “made submissions against Saudi Arabia as part of the legal process.”
And chiefs have already received the report before it gets released in June.
The WTO say Saudi Arabia is in breach of international law.
And the ruling will cast huge doubt over the takeover of Newcastle, which is led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and backed by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
It's the saga of the summer and a story which just won't go away.
Newcastle's proposed takeover by Saudi price Mohammed bin Salman has been at the forefront of the Toon Army's mind ever since it was broken – and fans are dreaming of a title-challenging team once again.
SunSport exclusively revealed on Sunday that the Premier League was set to give Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed consortium the green light to take control of St James' Park.
She was hoping to get an official word this week before rubber-stamping the deal on June 1.
But The Guardian revealed yesterday that a report to be published in June will reveal the station, which illegally streams live Premier League games, is Saudi-backed.
That has reportedly left the £300million takeover in 'serious doubt'.
If the move does go through, Steve Bruce is also in the dark about whether he will remain as Toon boss.
Bruce is dreaming of becoming another “Pep or Jurgen” at the top of the management tree but speculation is mounting that he will be replaced by a big name like Mauricio Pochettino or Rafa Benitez.
Bruce told Sky Sports: “We all aspire to be Pep (Guardiola), Jurgen (Klopp)… these great managers who've been a breath of fresh air to football.
“If it's good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great.
“I'd back myself against most people in that division… to be in a position where you're actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well.
“It would be wonderful. I'd back myself, of course I would.”
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