Newcastle failed takeover poses questions around suitability

NEWCASTLE UNITED’s takeover by a consortium including the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, Middle East expert Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers may have collapsed, but the club remains up for sale and there is a chance the transaction could be rekindled. If that is the case, the controversy over Saudi Arabia, with its suspect […]

All stood still – Newcastle United’s financial position

NEWCASTLE United are still waiting for their proposed takeover to go ahead, a transaction that will surely herald a new direction for one of the English game’s great underachievers. The sale to the Saudi Arabian Private Investment Fund looks set to go ahead – regardless of misgivings about the Middle Eastern state’s human rights record. […]

Newcastle United and Saudi Arabia – a marriage of public convenience

IT’S a sign of the times, has a hint of double standards about it, and confirms the shallow nature of football with its mislaid moral compass. There’s no shortage of superlatives to describe what Newcastle United could achieve under their new ownership, but equally, there’s no lack of scepticism about the nature of the regime […]

Urawa and Al-Hilal win through to AFC Champions League final

WHILE most of the attention focuses on the UEFA Champions League, the other continental competitions have been reaching a crucial stage in their 2017 campaigns. This week, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League final’s participants were decided: Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds. Al-Hilal are arguably Asia’s top club at the […]