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Newcastle takeover in serious doubt after WTO ruling over Saudi piracy

Newcastle United fans could be in for significant disappointment regarding the proposed takeover of the club.

The Magpies were set to be bought by an Amanda Staveley-led consortium. Most of the money for the takeover is coming from the Saudi royal family.

The takeover was expected to go through, but The Guardian is reporting that piracy concerns may put it in doubt.

The World Trade Organization has compiled a 130-page report that deals with complaints about a TV and streaming channel in Saudi Arabia that shows Premier League games, beoutQ, is illegal.

The report revealed that there is a clear link between beoutQ and the Saudi regime, which has a part in the takeover.

However, that link has been denied by Saudi Arabia and Newcastle's potential majority owners.

The full report will be released in mid-June, and the Premier League may have no choice but to block the potential £300 million takeover.

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