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Saudi-backed Newcastle takeover as much about status as sportswashing

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From heavyweight boxing to horse racing, from wrestling events to a grand prix; Saudi Arabia’s association with sport has become an integral, and contentious, part of its efforts to rebrand. But its latest play – taki...

Amnesty urges Premier League to block Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle

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The Premier League has been urged to consider Saudi Arabia’s “appalling” human rights record before it gives the green light to the Saudi-led consortium’s takeover of Newcastle. The call has come from Amnesty Internat...

Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle imminent after 18-month wrangle

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A Saudi Arabian-led consortium is close to finally taking over Newcastle United and ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the club, with a deal expected to be approved imminently. Some sources have suggested the £...

‘A money grab’: Rory McIlroy denounces Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour

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Rory McIlroy has led a high-profile backlash against a breakaway golf tour that has shot back to prominence two weeks after the European Super League’s stunning collapse. McIlroy likened the scheme to a “money grab” w...