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The takeover of Newcastle United by a Saudi consortium has been greeted by many Toon fans as great, and a game changer. However, many protest and rightly in my view. Over the past years, the takeover of British football clubs by foreign interests has increased amazingly, to the extent that one wonders why. Why invest in clubs that, in the main, have been failing clubs.

A number of protests have been voiced and rightly so too, in my view. The foreign investors have largely been those countries whose human rights history has been utterly appalling. Russia, China, Thailand etc, and the latest Saudi Arabia. These countries has proven track records of shocking human rights failings. Have we as a country fallen so far also, as to be seared in our conscience. You might be thinking what's that got to do with football ?

Think about that !

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Absolutely disgusting, and that's me finished with the Premier League. Sort of related article in this month's When Saturday Comes about shirt sponsorship, and how familiar are people with the names they display on their replica shirts. Arsenal was the example given, they currently have Visit Rwanda and Emirates Airlines as their main shirt sponsors.

Rwanda are presided over by the dictator, Paul Kagame, they are totalitarian regime who's secret police has been linked with the assassination of exiled dissidents who have fled the country. Emirates Airlines are owned by the state of the United Arab Emirates, they have an appalling human rights record (especially towards women and LGBT people)

The Saudi takeover at Newcastle is another example of "sports washing."

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2 minutes ago, baldy said:

The British Empire, slave trade, think about that. The developing countries are using the same tactics that the developed countries used centuries ago. Guilty consciences?

Can't argue with that baldy. Doesn't make it right though does it.

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13 minutes ago, Way Of The Park said:

Absolutely disgusting, and that's me finished with the Premier League. Sort of related article in this month's When Saturday Comes about shirt sponsorship, and how familiar are people with the names they display on their replica shirts. Arsenal was the example given, they currently have Visit Rwanda and Emirates Airlines as their main shirt sponsors.

Rwanda are presided over by the dictator, Paul Kagame, they are totalitarian regime who's secret police has been linked with the assassination of exiled dissidents who have fled the country. Emirates Airlines are owned by the state of the United Arab Emirates, they have an appalling human rights record (especially towards women and LGBT people)

The Saudi takeover at Newcastle is another example of "sports washing."

Correct WOTP and at the same time we have the 'Black Lives Matter' blitz on our screens. Of course black lives matter - all lives matter ! It seems to me that there is something rotten at the heart of the FA and FIFA - their only God is money !

Conscience huh - they just shrug - and what happened to the stated intention, that there would be no more adverts for gambling companies or alcohol on sports programs ?

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18 minutes ago, Keith B said:

their only God is money !

Unfortunately this line of thought is rife throughout football today, from the professionals, down to grassroots,
Encouraged by  the present state of the professional games financial outlay to secure the services of players, teams the like of Barcelona who once ruled the professional roost on and off the field, find themselvs in the financial doldrums.
To put it politely, they spent money faster than they were earning it, a situation closely followed by some grassroots clubs .
To survive professional clubs will sell out to the highest bidder regardless of all the attributes that aquired the wealth of their saviours in the first place.
At grassroots level the answer is not so simple and folding as a club may be an only option.

 

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1 hour ago, TheolderIgetthebetterIwas said:

And our government supplies arms to all and sundry...no lives matter when it comes to money!

UC, Ni hike, tax increases, the cladding disgrace.

Let them eat cake...or go to the food banks Great Britain, or not so great anymore? 

Right again older sir. We have supplied/sold arms and military aircraft to countries whose human rights history is horrendous. 

We can only pray that things will change - before it's too late. God has said there's going to be a day of reckoning - and God doesn't lie. 

Perhaps we ought to get back to the football.

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