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BeIN Sports Premier League deal looks to have scuppered Saudi takeover bid for Newcastle United


BeIN Sports Premier League deal looks to have scuppered Saudi takeover bid for Newcastle United

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For some time, the future of Newcastle United Football Club has been one of conjecture. There have been several reports of takeover bids sent to current owner Mike Ashley, however none have being successful.

There has been rumours of a Saudi bid for the north east Club, however indication is that with the new beIN Sports deal being signed until 2025, any possibility of the Saudi bid arriving at Mike Ashley’s door will now not happen.

They had been growing concerns that had the Saudi bid for the TV rights in the Middle East been accomplished, it could have had a knock on effect on the UK’s intellectual property. Reportedly, the new deal for the Qatari-based beIN Sports network shows a vote of confidence in the Premier League’s stance on ‘piracy and  its commitment to regional deals.’

Sunday league defending

Regarding Newcastle United’s football on the pitch, it was not a happy place when the magpies travelled to Elland Road to face Leeds United. Despite the score standing at 2-2 after Ciaran Clark equalised with a 65th-minute header, Newcastle eventually went on to lose the game 5-2.

Manager Steve Bruce likened the defending of his side to that of a Sunday league team.

“I thought we looked a threat when we equalised,” said Bruce. Of course Leeds are always going to ask you questions the way they play, they do it very well, but we’ve gifted them the two or three goals at the end. Unfortunately they’re something which you see on a park on a Sunday.”

BeIN Sports Premier League deal looks to have scuppered Saudi takeover bid for Newcastle United

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on January 01, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We can’t make those mistakes we’ve made here. At the wrong time we’ve given away poor goals, not defended well enough and got punished. It’s unacceptable.”

The defeat leaves Newcastle behind Leeds. Dropping to 14th, they remain three points ahead of struggling Arsenal with a game in hand. Bruce’s side have an important fixture against Fulham at the weekend which will be followed by a tough encounter with Manchester City. it is therefore important that Steve Bruce and his side take maximum points from the clash with the West London club.

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 13 10 28
2 Tottenham Hotspur FC 13 13 25
3 Southampton FC 13 7 24
4 Leicester City FC 13 7 24
5 Everton FC 13 5 23
6 Chelsea FC 13 12 22
7 West Ham United FC 13 5 21
8 Manchester City FC 12 6 20
9 Manchester United FC 11 2 20
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 13 -4 20
11 Aston Villa FC 10 8 18
12 Crystal Palace FC 13 1 18
13 Leeds United 13 -2 17
14 Newcastle United FC 12 -5 17
15 Arsenal FC 13 -5 14
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 13 -6 11
17 Fulham FC 13 -10 9
18 Burnley FC 11 -12 9
19 West Bromwich Albion 13 -16 7
20 Sheffield United FC 12 -16 1
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 10
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Adams, Che Southampton FC 4
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 4
Neto, Pedro Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4



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