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SM

Bigfooty Legend
Aug 3, 2008
105,283
66,430
North Shore
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
Hull City, Adelaide United, EH
What's the normal length of negotiations to buy a club? If this report is accurate and the first meeting has now happened, wonder if there's a chance it could be done in time to invest in this window.

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Zidane98

Hall of Famer
Dec 22, 2009
43,584
19,353
South End, AAMI Park
AFL Club
Hawthorn
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Socceroos, LFC, MVFC, RC Strasbourg
Bit of talk that the Newcastle takeover will happen soon.
If it is the Saudis again how would the owners pass the fit & proper test now and not like last time? They were involved with telecasting pirated EPL telecast versions of Been sports from Qatar due to a political dispute. This isn't just some Saudi businessman buying the club. It's the Royal family, guilty of many shocking crimes. I know I wouldn't want owners with links to the Saudi government owning my club for sure and that's the determination last time when the sale was attempted to be pushed through.
 

moomba

TheBrownDog
Oct 3, 2001
56,341
18,470
Timperley
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Man City ****
If it is the Saudis again how would the owners pass the fit & proper test now and not like last time? They were involved with telecasting pirated EPL telecast versions of Been sports from Qatar due to a political dispute. This isn't just some Saudi businessman buying the club. It's the Royal family, guilty of many shocking crimes. I know I wouldn't want owners with links to the Saudi government owning my club for sure and that's the determination last time when the sale was attempted to be pushed through.
The Premier league doesn't have Saudi on the watch list for piracy, it was just an excuse because some of the influential clubs didn't want the takeover to happen.
 

Zidane98

Hall of Famer
Dec 22, 2009
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The Premier league doesn't have Saudi on the watch list for piracy, it was just an excuse because some of the influential clubs didn't want the takeover to happen.
Rival clubs have nothimg to do with the decision.

There are legitimate concerns about ownership with direct links to the Saudi govt, not just the PL broadcast piracy issue.
 

Bojan KantKick

Man United Legacy Supporter
Sep 5, 2014
21,775
19,539
Hertford
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North Melbourne
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Manchester United, Stevenage FC
True. But the Saudi govt are a step up on the likes of Qatar & Abu Dhabi for rephresensible stuff they do. And there has to be a line somewhere. Should Kim Jong be allowed to purchase a club with his "personal" wealth?
This is literally why they want to buy a prem team. For the sportswashing potential.
 

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Bojan KantKick

Man United Legacy Supporter
Sep 5, 2014
21,775
19,539
Hertford
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North Melbourne
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Manchester United, Stevenage FC
They'll get 100 times negative coverage about Saudi Arabia than positive.

Sportswashing is a myth.
Sportswashing is definitely not a myth. You guys get fu** all negative coverage anymore and all your owner and his state gets is praise. Same with PSG.

Even ******* Rwanda are trying it on but they're too cheap to buy a club so they put their countries name on the Arsenal shirt.
 

glenferry23

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 26, 2010
24,117
29,741
Melbourne
AFL Club
Hawthorn
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Arsenal, New York Yankees
Sportswashing is definitely not a myth. You guys get fu** all negative coverage anymore and all your owner and his state gets is praise. Same with PSG.

Even ******* Rwanda are trying it on but they're too cheap to buy a club so they put their countries name on the Arsenal shirt.
Yep. Sportswashing is absolutely legit.
 

jd2010

There used to be a football club over there
Feb 1, 2010
33,231
16,406
AFL Club
Carlton
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Tottenham Hotspur
Not sure who the PR person at the club is but they're not very smart.

The Euros are about to start. #LevyOut will die down for a month if you just keep things quiet. So they then post this crap lol.

This club gets funnier by the day tbh
 

Yoda_

Hall of Famer
May 6, 2007
30,984
15,859
South East Suburbs
AFL Club
Essendon
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Tottenham Hotspurs, Melbourne Vixen
Not sure who the PR person at the club is but they're not very smart.

The Euros are about to start. #LevyOut will die down for a month if you just keep things quiet. So they then post this crap lol.

This club gets funnier by the day tbh
You’d be best placed to answer this. Even if Levy sells, ENIC still majority owns THFC? So either way, we’d need two parties (ENIC & Joe Lewis) to sell to move on from this shambles of a football club


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