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Fiancée of murdered journalist Khashoggi: Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle would tarnish Premier

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Premier League More concerns over potential new owners

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has called on the Premier League to block the proposed takeover of Newcastle United.

Newcastle are subject to a takeover bid from a group of investors, including the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

Khashoggi was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey in 2018, with some media reporting that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman – who leads the Public Investment Fund – ordered his death.

“It is undoubtedly the right, proper and lawful action for you and the Premier League to take, especially in light of the ruthless killing of Ms Cengiz’s fiancée,” Cengiz’s lawyers said in a letter to Premier League CEO Richard Masters.

“The standing of both the Premiership and English football in general would be tarnished by your connection with those who commit the most appalling crimes and then seek to whitewash them, and who seek to use English football as a way of improving their image and hiding their transgressions.”

Amnesty International have also voiced their concerns over the proposed takeover because of Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record.

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