News about Newcastle United's potential takeover has dominated headlines for a while now. Tribuna.com takes a look at why they would deserve to be relegated if it goes through.
When you hear something like the Saudi crown prince is interested in buying your club, you might get excited at the prospect of becoming another Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain - i.e a club that can just buy any player at the drop of a hat.
However, what do you do when the person at the helm of affairs is someone with a questionable past?
No, we're not talking about some old scandal that may have happened years ago; we're talking about the person being largely associated with crime.
With that in mind, here are three reasons why Newcastle United should be relegated if the takeover goes through:
1. A potential two-faced owner
If you take a look at the number of executions in Saudi Arabia over the years, you'd be shocked. I mean forget about coronavirus - who needs a controversial disease taking the lives of people when you have a ruler who's willing to do that?
Despite the crown prince's many promises, his father, King Salman, is notorious for carrying out mass executions for a myriad of different - albeit vague - reasons.
As of last month, the kingdom had carried out a whopping 800 executions - even after Mohammed bin Salman repeatedly made public promises to curb the numbers.
2. The murky backdrop of the potential Saudi takeover
On paper, this may seem like a good old rags-to-riches story but when you take a closer look, you know that the Saudi crown prince's smile may not be as charming as you think it is.
For starters, there's an ongoing case raised by news outlet BeIN Sport. They are pushing for the takeover to be blocked it would be funded by a consortium backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - which supports Saudi-based channel beoutQ that allegedly indulges in piracy of the Premier League.
If the takeover goes through, Newcastle would become like that creepy but rich kid that others are curious about but don't want to play with.
3. Mohammed bin Salman may be a murderer
No, we're not kidding. The Saudi crown prince ordered the assassination of a journalist named Jamal Khashoggi, who used to work for the Washington Post.
After denying it for a good amount of time, he finally accepted responsibility for it but with a catch - he claimed that he did not "order" it.
I mean, when you are the powerful ruler of a rich nation, of course, you don't really call the shots. And the worst part? Till date, Khashoggi's body has not been found.
In fact, Khashoggi's fiance has written an open letter to Newcastle fans urging them to resist the takeover since, well, the person at the top is quite literally a ruthless murderer.
4. He got into a scuffle with Canada
Canada is widely renowned as a place filled with the most polite and nicest people - and Justin Trudeau is certainly an embodiment of that.
However, Mohammed bin Salman managed to tick them off as well. In August 2018, he arrested several Canadian women's rights activists
Following Trudeau's demand to release those imprisoned, Saudi Arabia banished the Canadian ambassador from Riyadh. That's not all - they also froze all trade channels with the country and ordered all students from Canada to return home.
In what was the most bizarre turn of events, Saudi Arabian state media went as far as threatening Canada with a 9/11-style attack (which was later deleted and apologized for).
If this isn't enough for them to be damned to the relegation zone, we don't know what is!
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