‘Selective indignation!’ Farage criticizes individuals who are’screaming’ about a Newcastle takeover.
NIGEL FARAGE has mocked critics who are “screaming” about the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United, despite the fact that many of them are still planning to attend the World Cup in Qatar next year.
Nigel Farage has hit out at critics of a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium’s £305 million takeover of Newcastle United. Newcastle United supporters have almost uniformly hailed the takeover, but others have referred to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. After getting “legally enforceable assurances” that the Saudi state would not control Newcastle, the Premier League authorized the takeover.
Mr Farage, however, pointed out that the takeover is “a drop in the bucket” compared to the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, a similarly contentious Middle Eastern Gulf state, next year.
“It’s a little fish compared to the World Cup, which will be the most-watched sporting event,” the GB News host remarked.
“And, well, we’re all heading to Qatar for the World Cup next year.”
“So, unless the same people who were screaming about the Saudi takeover are now saying we shouldn’t go to the World Cup, they are inconsistent, in my opinion.”
It was a “classic case of sports washing,” according to co-host Paul Embery.
“I don’t believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or the Saudi state have no influence over how the club is run,” he stated.
Mr. Embery referenced the issue of players kneeling to protest prejudice, and then “all of a sudden, you have people with blood on their hands buying a Premier League club.”
“And then people want to turn a blind eye to it,” he continued. It’s a case of selective outrage.
“Football, not only for now, but also for the World Cup next year, has a lot to answer for.”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of Saudi Arabia’s king, chairs the PIF, which is essentially a national savings account for the Saudi Arabian government.
Bin Salman is accused of ordering the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was critical of the Saudi leadership.
According to a 2019 UN report, “the state of Saudi Arabia is accountable” for Jamal Khashoggi’s death, something the Saudi Arabian government has long rejected.
Disney, Uber, Facebook, and Starbucks are among the companies in which the PIF has an interest.
“Brinkwire Summary News” reports that the other 19 Premier League clubs are upset with the takeover.