The Human Rights Foundation have become the latest campaign group to write to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters condemning the takeover of Newcastle.
Garry Kasparov, HRF’s chairman, said: ‘This deal would severely undermine the Premier League’s support of human rights and promotion of the right messages and cause irreparable reputational harm to your brand.
‘HRF implores you to urgently consider cancelling this deal, recognise its grave consequences, and uphold the principle that sport is not merely a business, but also an influential medium that should not be hijacked by a brutal dictatorship.’
The Human Rights Foundation want the Premier League to block the takeover of Newcastle
They say the deal would severely undermine the Premier League’s support of human rights
The organisation’s letter follows calls from members of the UK government asking for its own members to scrutinise the Saudi-led takeover.
The buy-out of the club is being bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which is controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salaman.
He was accused of ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose fiancée Hatice Cengiz on Wednesday urged the Premier League to block the takeover.
Amnesty International have also written to the League calling on them to investigate their record on human rights while TV broadcaster beIN sports raised the issue of Premier League rights worth hundreds of millions of pounds being allegedly pirated by state-backed broadcasters in the country for the past three years.
Masters responded to Amnesty’s UK Director Kate Allen’s letter on Wednesday, ensuring that the deal will be examined with ‘rigour’.
The buy-out from Mike Ashley is being bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund