The widow of the slain journalist urged the English top flight’s governing body to not permit the Gulf country to own a soccer club.
The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has requested the Premier League to stop the Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United due to the fact of the alleged crimes committed in opposition to her late husband.
With a consortium from the Gulf country edging closer to buying the Premier League club in a £300 million deal , Hatice Cengiz – via her solicitors – despatched a letter to the competition’s governing body asking that it takes the ‘right, suitable and lawful action’ to stop the takeover due to the fact of the alleged ‘cover-up’ concerning Khashoggi’s death in 2018.
Saudi-born journalist Khashoggi was allegedly murdered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey after going into the government office to pick up files pertaining to his future marriage with Cengiz.
“Ms Cengiz urges you and the board of the Premier League to take all critical steps to stop this takeover from happening,” the letter addressed to Premier League chief Richard Masters read.
“It is definitely the right, proper and lawful action for you and the Premier League to take especially in light of the ruthless killing of Ms Cengiz’s fiancé.
“There ought to be no place in the Premier League, and English football, for anyone concerned in such abhorrent acts.
“It would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Premier League Chairmen’s Charter and the Rules of the Premier League, and the fundamental and honourable concepts upon which they are based.”
The Saudi consortium close to buying Newcastle – Public Investment Fund (PIF) – is controlled by the Gulf nation’s leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In a separate statement made via Twitter last week, Cengiz demanded the Premier League intervene in the potential takeover to keep Bin Salman out of sports activities in the United Kingdom.
“UK authorities and the Premiere League (sic) should not enable anybody like Mohamed Bin Salman (sic), who has yet to face any accountability for the murder of my late fiancé, Jamal Khashoggi, to be so involved in sports activities in the UK,” Cengiz said in the statement.
“Doing otherwise will noticeably stain the reputation of the Premiere League and the UK.
Mohamed Bin Salman is strategically using international sports activities to restore his badly damaged reputation after the murder of Jamal.”