Fiancee of Murdered Journalist Urges Premier League to Stop Saudi Takeover of Newcastle United

Published April 29th, 2020 - 04:53 GMT
 The widow of the slain journalist urged the English top flight's governing body to not allow the Gulf nation to own a football club  (Photo: AFP)
The widow of the slain journalist urged the English top flight's governing body to not allow the Gulf nation to own a football club (Photo: AFP)

The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has asked the Premier League to prevent the Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United because of the alleged crimes committed against her late husband.

With a consortium from the Gulf nation edging closer to purchasing the Premier League club in a £300 million deal , Hatice Cengiz - via her solicitors - sent a letter to the competition's governing body asking that it takes the 'right, proper and lawful action' to stop the takeover because of the alleged 'cover-up' regarding Khashoggi's death in 2018.

Saudi-born journalist Khashoggi was allegedly murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey after going into the government office to pick up documents pertaining to his future marriage with Cengiz.

"Ms Cengiz urges you and the board of the Premier League to take all necessary steps to prevent this takeover from happening," the letter addressed to Premier League chief Richard Masters read.

"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 fiancé.

"There should be no place in the Premier League, and English football, for anyone involved in such abhorrent acts.

"It would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Premier League Chairmen’s Charter and the Rules of the Premier League, and the fundamental and honourable principles upon which they are based."

The Saudi consortium close to purchasing Newcastle - Public Investment Fund (PIF) - is controlled by the Gulf nation's leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In a separate statement made via Twitter last week, Cengiz demanded the Premier League intervene in the potential takeover to keep Bin Salman out of sports in the United Kingdom.

"UK authorities and the Premiere League (sic) should not allow someone like Mohamed Bin Salman (sic), who has yet to face any accountability for the murder of my late fiancé, Jamal Khashoggi, to be so involved in sports in the UK," Cengiz said in the statement.

"Doing otherwise will greatly stain the reputation of the Premiere League and the UK. Mohamed Bin Salman is strategically using international sports to repair his badly damaged reputation after the murder of Jamal."


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