Video: Richard Masters breaks silence on Saudi takeover in ‘exclusive’ interview with BBC

Richard Masters has broken his silence on our Saudi-backed takeover to declare that the Premier League have had “legally binding assurances” that the Saudi state will not control Newcastle United,

The Saudi Public Investment Fund – or PIF – chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, acquired 80% of our club last month as fans from rival clubs vented their spleen at the decision for the deal to go ahead.

Toon fans were rightfully angry at top-flight chief executive Masters during the turbulent Mexican standoff period of the takeover saga for refusing to comment publicly on the takeover.

The Premier League put out a statement on the day the deal was completed but Masters himself has stayed mute, with his colleague Gary Hoffman resigning in the aftermath of the drama.

Now, in an interview with the BBC, he has awkwardly deflected further questions as he tries to justify a decision he clearly never wanted to make.

This is what he said to the BBC’s Dan Roan:

Masters also opened the door for an independent regulator to be brought into English football, an idea that was first championed by Gary Neville in the aftermath of the European Super League fiasco.

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