Amnesty wants to meet the Premier League over Newcastle takeover | Newcastle United
Amnesty International has called a meeting with the chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Masters, regarding Controversial takeover of Newcastle United.
Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Amnesty International, has called for the opportunity to discuss amending the test for Premier League owners and managers to include clauses protecting human rights.
Newcastle’s takeover by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, has raised questions about Sports washing facility By a Saudi state, Amnesty International has previously described its human rights record as “terrible”.
Crown Prince Kingdom Saudi ArabiaMohammed bin Salman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Investment Fund. Its governor, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, was appointed non-executive chairman of Newcastle after the acquisition.
The Premier League says it has “legally binding guarantees” that the Saudi state will not take over Newcastle. The Guardian reported last week that 19 other teams in the Premier League also had Called an emergency meeting To discuss the deal and the speed at which it was agreed.
Last year, Amnesty International commissioned David Chivers QC to conduct an exercise, rewriting the test for owners and managers in a format that takes into account potential human rights abuses. Deshmukh offered to bring Chivers to any meeting with the Masters to talk through the modified code.
“The way the Premier League is brandishing this deal raises a very troubling set of questions about sport laundering, about human rights and sport, and about the integrity of English football,” Deschmukh said. “Football is a global sport on the world stage – it urgently needs to update its ownership rules to prevent those involved in gross human rights abuses from engaging in the passion and magic of English football.
“Hopefully, Richard Masters will see that bringing football ownership rules into line with human rights can only be for the long-term benefit of the game.”