Premier League: Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies making an attempt to help Saudi bid for Newcastle United

Premier League: Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies making an attempt to help Saudi bid for Newcastle United

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despatched non-public WhatsApp messages to Johnson in June final 12 months demanding that the English Premier League ‘rethink and proper its incorrect conclusion’ blocking the takeover, the Each day Mail reported.

Premier League: Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies attempting to aid Saudi bid for Newcastle United

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London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies intervening to attempt to assist a Saudi bid for Newcastle soccer membership, Downing Avenue mentioned Thursday, amid a widening Westminster scandal over company lobbying.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despatched non-public WhatsApp messages to Johnson in June final 12 months demanding that the English Premier League “rethink and proper its incorrect conclusion” blocking the takeover, the Each day Mail reported.

Johnson’s official spokesman refused to touch upon “non-public conversations”, however conceded that he did instruct senior aide Eddie Lister to look into the Newcastle bid by a Saudi state consortium.

“The prime minister requested Lord Lister to test on the progress of the talks as a possible main overseas funding within the UK,” the spokesman instructed reporters.

“He did not ask him to intervene. The prime minister did not intervene. The federal government was not concerned in any level in these takeover talks.”

The thwarted takeover is at the moment topic to authorized arbitration in London, after Newcastle proprietor Mike Ashley disputed the Premier League’s conclusion that the consortium was successfully an arm of the Saudi state-controlled by bin Salman.

The crown prince’s popularity has been shredded by the grotesque homicide in October 2018 of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Bin Salman has denied any involvement.

Former prime minister David Cameron is ensnared in a broadening scandal over the collapse of finance firm Greensill Capital, whose founder Lex Greensill was eager to construct extra enterprise with the Saudis.

{A photograph} emerged this week of Cameron and Greensill having fun with a “desert tenting journey” in Saudi Arabia in January 2020, throughout which they met bin Salman.

Cameron, who turned a paid advisor to Greensill Capital after leaving workplace in 2016, insists he raised human rights considerations with the Saudi de facto ruler.

Greensill’s collapse final month has threatened hundreds of jobs at firms that relied on its provide chain financing, together with on the metal empire of Indian-British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta.

Johnson has launched an unbiased probe into Cameron’s non-public lobbying of ministers previous to the collapse, and three committees in parliament have now opened their very own investigations.

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