Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will reportedly take an 80% stake in Newcastle United should the takeover be approved by the Premier League.
The mooted deal comes against the backdrop of the death of Khashoggi, who was killed in 2018 while at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork ahead of his wedding to Hatice Cengiz.
However, the fiancee of murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi said that Newcastle United and the Premier League should put moral values ahead of the financial rewards from a proposed £300 million ($372 million) Saudi-backed takeover.
Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi squad strangled Khashoggi and cut his body into pieces. His remains were never found. There should be no place in English football for those credibly accused of atrocities and murder.
A Saudi court in December sentenced five people to death over the killing, handing three others long jail sentences and acquitting the remaining three charged in the case.
Amnesty International condemned the outcome as a “whitewash”. The two top figures investigated over the killing — both part of the crown prince’s inner circle — were exonerated.
Both the CIA and a United Nations special envoy have directly linked the crown prince to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.
Oliver Dowden, the UK culture secretary, told a meeting of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee last week it was a “matter for the Premier League” rather than government.
ABC Flash Point Sport News 2020.