By Kieran Maguire

23rd Sep, 2022 | 8:53am

Kieran Maguire: 'Mysterious' Uefa talks 'tick all the right boxes' for Newcastle United

Preliminary plans to host Champions League matches outside Europe bode well for Saudi-owned Newcastle United.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of Uefa moving their flagship competition beyond the continent’s borders.

Per The Athletic on Monday (19 September), the European Club Association is keen to see some matches moved to destinations like China, America and the Middle East.

The ECA, a coalition of powerful clubs in Europe of which Newcastle are a member, wants the opportunity to capitalise on overseas fans.

The Magpies were bought by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund in October last year and have since made the Gulf state a top-priority commercial market.

Saudi have also made huge strides outside of football in recent years, bringing major boxing, motorsport and golf events to the country.

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Maguire insists that they would jump at the chance to add the Champions League to the list.

“Uefa moves in mysterious ways,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“The tentative discussions to host some games outside of Europe are of no great surprise. It’s likely that the Middle East is a market they will want to explore as quite a few clubs have links there.

“There is no doubt that, should Newcastle progress as far as the Champions League, Saudi would want to host. I think, even without Newcastle, Saudi would want to host.

“That is especially true if Uefa moves to the model of having the semi-finals and the final taking place in one city. That would definitely tick the right boxes as far as Riyad is concerned.

“If Newcastle happened to be in one of those matches, tickets would sell like hot cakes.”

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