Premier League still mulling Saudi-led bid for Newcastle

LONDON (AP) — A Saudi Arabian consortium’s takeover of English soccer club Newcastle has yet to be approved, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said Tuesday during questioning at a British parliamentary hearing into the country’s human rights violations and broadcasting piracy.

After three months assessing the bid, Masters gave no indication of when there would be a decision on whether to allow the Saudi sovereign wealth fund to own Newcastle.

“In a perfect world, takeovers would happen cleanly, clearly and in a timely fashion — sometimes things get complicated,” Masters said.

“Our owners and directors test is not a subjective one, it’s an objective one, and it allows us to disqualify potential owners. And I’m talking generally here, not about
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