Sports broadcaster Gabby Logan is “trying to see the positives” in taking over Newcastle United but admits she is uncomfortable at the club she supports whose owner is Arab Saudi support.
Manda Staveley’s consortium, which includes the financier’s PCP Capital Partners, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Reuben Brothers, has celebrated its first £305 million takeover.
The sale of sportswear mogul Mike Ashley’s Tyneside club to the group has drawn criticism because PIF, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, holds an 80% stake.
Amnesty International’s advocacy group has highlighted their ongoing concerns about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and repeatedly accused the Gulf nation of “sporting activity”. “.
Logan, a longtime Newcastle United fan and started her broadcasting career in the city, said she wants to see the team do well but the question of the club’s financial resources “is not It’s always right for everyone.”
She added: “I had this conversation with someone earlier because of Jurgen Klopp’s comment pointing to Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City as they are state-owned clubs. UAE.
“It’s really hard not to say that sport right now is going through a period where you have what looks like sport going on with some sort of entity and country trying to present themselves on the world stage. gender through sport.
“It’s very difficult because politically it was a very difficult period.”
Over the past 12 months under new coach Eddie Howe, the team is being rebuilt and the Warblers find themselves in the top half of the table competing with the established top six.
Logan is speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival to promote her new book The First Half, in which she writes about her brother’s death, her early years as a broadcaster and her dealings with sexism. at the workplace.
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She added of the situation at Newcastle: “As a fan, I want the team to do well, I want the manager to be a good person, what kind of person he seems to be and the players playing. good.
“Obviously where the money comes from is not always the case for everyone, and absolutely true.
“But then I think you have to say that if I was going to judge that I wouldn’t go to Sainsbury’s either because it seems to be owned, I think almost a quarter, by the state of Qatar.
“There are a lot of things in life that don’t work out for us.
“As a fan, I am trying to enjoy the fact that the club and the fans are very happy right now, because they were very unhappy with the previous ownership for a while. long time.
“What they are doing is very smart and it puts a lot on the community and the platform, and I am the patron of the platform.
“So I’m trying to see the positives.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/gabby-logan-trying-to-see-positives-in-newcastle-united-takeover-42070188.html Gabby Logan ‘trying to see the positive’ in taking over at Newcastle United