Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulazaiz has spoken out about the collapse of the PIF-backed bid for Newcastle United.
In an interview with the BBC’s Dan Roan, Abdulazaiz admits “it’s a shame” the deal didn’t go through this summer, but believes the PIF would look into revisiting the proposed takeover if there was any opportunity to do so.
Here’s what he’s had to say, with him speaking out after it was confirmed today that Saudi Arabia would host their first Formula 1 race in 2021.
“It’s a shame it didn’t go through but we say here that there’s always a reason for things happening or not, and we look forward to better opportunities, hopefully in the future.
“Of course there was disappointment that the deal did not go through… I’m not really sure what went wrong or what the discussions were about.”
“I don’t know what PIF’s plans are, but if there’s an opportunity (to resurrect the deal), they’d look into it.”
Who knows what will happen next, however his final comment will offer the Newcastle United fanbase a glimmer of hope.
One thing that’s quite telling, however, is the lack of media outrage towards Saudis presence at next year’s Formula 1.
It’s interesting that the likes of Miguel Delaney and Richard Keys will kick up a fuss when little old Newcastle United close in one a Saudi-backed takeover, but don’t bat an eye-lid online when the same nation hosts one of the world’s biggest events!