Kieran Maguire: Newcastle in Premier League talks after 'absolutely terrible' claim
The Premier League have little option but to meet with Amnesty International in light of the Saudi-backed Newcastle United takeover.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about human rights issues surrounding the new owners.
The recent £305million buyout was mired in controversy as a result of the Saudi state’s internationally condemned human rights record.
The Premier League will meet with Amnesty to discuss possible reforms to the owners and directors test, as reported by Sky Sports on 29 October.
Top-flight clubs recently passed new limits on related-party transactions which will curb the new owners’ ability to finance the club.
Maguire insists that the Premier League have been backed into a corner by the furore surrounding the Newcastle takeover.
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“It has to be done,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“The alternative is to refuse to speak to Amnesty International, which looks absolutely terrible.
“It’s appropriate given that it’s an issue which is in the public domain at the moment.
“The Premier League has introduced these fairly targeted rules with regards to related-party transactions which are clear as day are aimed at Newcastle.
“So they can say: ‘we are going to oppose sports washing and significant owner investment.’
“But that’s hypocritical if you’re going to refuse to speak to people who speak up for areas of the world in which human rights have been marginalised.“