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Liverpool fans would not like Saudi owners at Anfield as Newcastle takeover nears completion


A number of Liverpool fans have indicated that they would not like the club to be bought out in a manner similar to the current projected takeover at Newcastle United.

As reported by The Guardian, a £300m takeover from the Saudi Arabian-funded Public Investment Fund (PIF) group is nearing completion at St James’ Park, as documentation citing PIF’s chief operating officer Bander bin Mogren as a new director of the club was lodged with the Companies House.

A report in the Daily Mail claimed that Newcastle’s prospective new owners have a chequered human rights record, with PIF chairman Crown Prince bin Salman “widely recognised as the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia”. The Guardian reported that Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi agents inside their Turkish embassy, has petitioned for the Premier League to block the takeover from going through.

Empire of the Kop on Twitter (@empireofthekop) subsequently asked followers how they would feel about a group like PIF taking over at Liverpool, with many Reds fans responding to say that they would not be comfortable with such a scenario.

Here is a selection of responses from some Kopites on the matter:

Liverpool fans, would you be opposed to a group like PIF buying out the Anfield club if such a scenario became a distinct possibility? Have your say by commenting below.

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