Saudi-Arabia’s decision to ban BeinSports from broadcasting Premier League matches is unrelated to Newcastle United’s takeover, according to what a source has told Sky Sports.
Newcastle are still waiting to hear if their group of potential Saudi-backers will be given the go-ahead to takeover the club by the Premier League, with developments taking an intriguing twist this week.
The Saudi Arabian government opted to ban BeIN Sports, who have been opponents to Newcastle’s new owners, from broadcasting games.
However, Sky claim that the latest news is actually unrelated to the bid to takeover the Magpies.
Either way, the news just adds further complication to a takeover saga which has gone on for far too long in the eyes of most around Newcastle now.
When the rumours first came out that Newcastle could be bought out, their supporters were full of excitement, but as time has gone on frustrations have grown.
Steve Bruce is now also said to be ‘concerned’ that the consistent delays to the takeover bid will disrupt his plans for next season.
Bruce wants Newcastle to invest to further strengthen their first team, but with Mike Ashley’s future so uncertain he is unlikely to be provided with funds unless their takeover goes through soon.
Sky report that there is still no deadline for a decision to be made over Newcastle’s potential new owners, so their wait for approval could continue for some time yet.