Klopp Criticizes Newcastle’s Takeover And Demands A Response From The Premier League

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Jürgen Klopp has asked Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, to explain why the tumultuous takeover of Newcastle was permitted, considering Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

Premier League teams have convened an emergency meeting to examine the Public Investment Fund’s takeover of the Premier League and the haste with which it was decided. After Tracey Crouch’s study of football governance, Amnesty International, which has branded Saudi Arabia’s human rights record “atrocious,” has demanded for the owners’ and directors’ rules to be made “human rights-compliant.”

The Liverpool boss linked the Newcastle takeover to the Super League takeover effort that was rejected by 12 European teams, including his own, and claimed Masters had an obligation to speak out about the takeover.

Klopp said: “I was waiting for some official statements about it from Richard Masters or someone. We all know there are obviously some concerns over human rights issues. That’s clear. We all think the same there. It [a statement] didn’t happen.

“What will it mean for football? A few months ago we had a massive argument – issue – the whole football world, with 12 clubs trying to build a Super League. Rightly so. It didn’t happen, but this is kind of creating a super team if you want. It’s pretty much the same; guaranteed spots in the Champions League in a few years’ time. Financial fair play nowadays, nobody knows exactly if it still exists or not.

“Newcastle fans will love it but for the rest of us it just means there is a new superpower in Newcastle. We cannot avoid that. Money cannot buy everything but over time they will have enough money to make a few wrong decisions, then make the right decisions, and then they will be where they want to be in the long term. Everybody knows that, and obviously the Premier League, Richard Masters, thought: ‘Yeah, let’s give it a go.’

“As far as I know it’s the third club that is owned by a country. I’m not sure how many countries are still out there who have the financial power and interest to do so, but this is how it is, and what we have to deal with.”

source : Guardian sport

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