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Saudisk opkøb af Newcastle puster igen til magtkamp: »Det er en storstilet propagandastrategi«

Den nylige saudiske overtagelse af fodboldklubben Newcastle for 2,7 mia. kr. er bl.a. et forsøg på at renskure Saudi-Arabiens blakkede ry, siger eksperter.

Trods beskyldninger mod de nye saudiske ejere for at "sportswashe" sit brand og de dertilhørende grove overtrædelser af basale menneskerettigheder var der stor glæde blandt Newcastles fans efter opkøbet. Foto: Oli Scarff/AFP. Newcastle United supporters celebrate on the statue of late former manager Bobby Robson outside the club's stadium St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 7, 2021, after the sale of the football club to a Saudi-led consortium was confirmed. - A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by - / AFP) Soccer Football - Newcastle United Takeover - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - October 7, 2021 Fans react outside the stadium after Newcastle United announced takeover Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith En investeringsgruppe med den saudiske Public Investment Fund (PIF), Amanda Staveleys PCP Capital Partners og milliardærbrødrene David og Simon Reuben har sammen købt Newcastle for 2,7 mia. kr. På billedet ses PIF's guvenør Yasir Al-Rumayyan, der bliver klubbens nye bestyrelsesformand og efter overtagelsen udtalte: »Vi er ekstremt stolte over at være de nye ejere af Newcastle United, én af de mest kendte klubber i engelsk fodbold.« Foto: Fayez Nureldine/AFP. Newcastle-fans festede og jublede uden for klubbens stadion St. James' Park, mens de viftede med det karakteristiske grønne flag, mens flere også var udklædt som sheiker. Foto: Lee Smith/Reuters. Newcastle United supporters dressed in robes celebrate the sale of the club to a Saudi-led consortium, outside the club's stadium at St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 8, 2021. - A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) Newcastle United supporters celebrate outside the club's stadium St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 7, 2021, after the sale of the football club to a Saudi-led consortium was confirmed. - A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by - / AFP) Newcastle United's new director Amanda Staveley arrives with colleagues at St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 8, 2021, after the sale of the football club to a Saudi-led consortium was confirmed the previous day. - A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) A Newcastle United supporter is seen posing in front of the statue of the late former manager Bobby Robson outside the club's stadium St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 8, 2021, after the sale of the football club to a Saudi-led consortium was confirmed the previous day. - A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) A pedestrian passes a Newcastle United football club-themed mural in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England on October 8, 2021. - A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Et gammelt ordsprog lyder, at når pengene taler, tier sandheden.

Qatar har Paris Saint-Germain, De Forenede Arabiske Emirater ejer Manchester City, og nu har Saudi-Arabien også fået sit guldæg i form af Newcastle United, efter at et saudiarabisk ledet konsortium i den seneste uge opkøbte den nedrykningstruede Premier League-klub for 2,7 mia. kr...

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