You know a Saudi-backed takeover at Newcastle United is probably going ahead when even Richard Keys accepts defeat..
The disgraced former Sky Sports host has had another pop at the Saudis in his latest blog post, but finally appears to have come to terms with the fact this deal is going through – predicting that we’ll hear the news we’ve all been waiting for “this week”.
That said, the Bein Sports presenter feels Mike Ashley will ‘have a lot to answer for’ if and when he sells up to the Saudis, also warning that “all of us on Tyneside” must be careful what we wish for.
Here’s what he’s had to say, with his disappointment at the “sad, unprincipled world we live in” seeming a bit rich coming from a man who cheated on his seriously ill wife with his daughters best friend and was sacked by Sky Sports for clear sexism:
“Of course the PL has got another. massive issue to decide on this week. Does it waive through the Saudi led takeover of Newcastle? Before going into a bit more detail – let me say this – if it does, it will never again be able to mount a winnable case against Piracy. Stream away guys.
“For getting on for four years now, the Saudi Govt has supported the theft of intellectual properties owned by the beIN Media Group.’
“People say to me ‘aren’t you scared of the Saudi’s? Should you really be saying what you do?’ Scared of what? The Sovereign Fund buying Newcastle is a separate entity to the Saudi Govt. Or at least that’s the basis of the argument that’s being made so that the takeover can be waived through. Of course that’s nonsense – but just to be sure – I’m not thinking of jumping off my balcony any time soon – nor do I have plans to visit any Saudi Embassy!
“Mike Ashley has a lot to answer for if the deal goes through – and if half a dozen Sports Direct outlets open in Riyadh over the next few weeks then we’ll all know what it was really about. I’ve said for months that there’s another deal on the table – and the Daily Mirror’s article a week ago proved me right.
“The American, Henry Mauriss wants it and he’s not short of a few bob. Surely that deal would suit the Toon Army? Why not? It would get the PL out of a tight corner, that’s for sure.’
“I expect the Saudi deal will get the nod of approval this week. If so – good luck to everybody connected with the club. As for the rest of us – as I said – stream away.
“What a sad, unprincipled world we live in.
“Be careful what you wish for Mr Masters. And all of you on Tyneside.“
He tries one last time to talk about this ‘other bid’, mentioning the alleged interest from Henry Mauriss, but it’s all too little too late now and there’s nothing he can do about it.
A bitter man who’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.
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