BeIN Sports’ mouthpiece Richard Keys has backtracked on his belief earlier in the week that our proposed Saudi-backed takeover will be completed today.
Keys originally stated via his personal blog on Monday that he had been told the Premier League would ‘give the nod’ this week to approve the takeover, leading to the whole deal to be finalised on Friday.
This, however, has proven to be more sputter from the beIN sports presenter, who has been a vocal opponent of the takeover.
Here is what Keys said on Twitter, ironically in the early hours at just 00:12am!
Incase you’re wondering, here’s what Keys said earlier this week:
“Any day now the PL will nod through the Saudi bid for Newcastle.
“This is not for the Newcastle Chronicle because they promised some time ago not to quote me – but I’m told it’ll happen Friday.”
All bias aside, it is plausible that rumours circulating in the press this week about Saudi’s decision to block beIN Sports from the country could have delayed the situation further.
The delay surely can’t go on much longer – we’re TEN days away from the transfer window opening – however this feels like the latest roadblock which could scupper a resolution.
Another possible reason for his latest flip-flop, is that he was talking utter splutter about having inside knowledge the whole time – which is extremely plausible too.
Have Saudi Arabia sacked the whole thing off and thrown their toys out the pram after banning BeIN from broadcasting in their country? Surely not after months of pursuing this big money deal and paying a non refundable £17m deposit, but who knows. One thing’s for sure, Richard Keys has proved once again that he’s all talk, with this being the third time in a few monhs where his takeove prediction has proved to be false.
The whole scenario has become ludicrous, and is now becoming tiresome, with the excitement fans originally had well and truly sapped out of our souls by now.