Newcastle takeover LIVE: Major setback after WTO report on Saudi priacy, £122m Immobile bid, Coutinho transfer LATEST – The Sun

NEWCASTLE UNITED fans are still waiting to see whether their proposed £300m takeover by a Amanda Staveley-led consortium will go through.

The deal has been hit with fresh doubt as Saudi Arabia have been ordered to "deal with" allegations of TV piracy.

But a decision will reportedly be made 'this week' – while we have all the latest transfer news and behind-the-scenes goings on at St James' Park.

Follow ALL of the latest updates right here…

  • UEFA RESPOND

    UEFA has responded to a World Trade Organisation report published today by reiterating its commitment to fighting audio-visual piracy.

    A statement on their website read: “UEFA welcomes the World Trade Organisation report and its conclusions. What is clear is that beoutQ’s broadcasts constitute piracy of UEFA’s matches and as such, are illegal.

    “BeoutQ was hosted on frequencies transmitted by Arabsat and was promoted and carried out by individuals and entities subject to Saudi Arabia’s territorial jurisdiction.

    “Those seeking to follow beoutQ’s example should be in no doubt that UEFA will go to great lengths to protect its property and support its partners, whose investment in football helps it to remain the world’s most popular sport from grassroots to elite level.

    “Piracy not only threatens that investment but also the existence of professional sport as we know it.

    “Today’s ruling shows clearly that no-one involved in audio-visual piracy should consider themselves above the rule of law.”

  • SAUD AND PROUD

    If Newcastle's proposed takeover goes ahead, they will be owned by some of the world's wealthiest people.

    The nation was only founded in 1932 and has amassed enormous wealth on the back of oil.

  • SunSport revealed last week that Prem bosses had sent the saudis a revised list of questions, related to piuracy but also issues including the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s embassy in Turkey.

    The victory for the Qataris, who are determined to link the piracy complaints with the battle for ownership of Newcastle, deepens the issue facing Prem bosses.

    But Masters was reluctant to even hint at the direction of travel.

    He said: “We take piracy very seriously. We stand by what we said on the record in the past.

    “But in relation to anything to do with takeovers, I can’t say anything about the substance or the timing.”

  • MASTER OF SILENCE

    The planned Saudi-led takeover at Newcastle has been hit by the world’s leading authority finding the Gulf state responsible for pirate broadcasts.

    But Prem boss Richard Masters has declined to make any direct comment on the deal that would see Mike Ashley’s Toon reign come to an end.

    World Trade Organisation chiefs investigated a complaint by Qatari-owned BEin Sport accusing the Saudi state of hijacking their feed in the Middle East.

    After a lengthy inquiry, the WTO upheld the allegations, determining Saudi Arabia “acted inconsistently with rules on the protection of intellectual property (IP) by failing to take actions against a pirate commercial-scale broadcaster operating openly in the country”.

    And that put extra pressure on Prem chiefs who must rule on whether to allow the £300m Toon deal…

  • WTO WANT BLOCK

    A World Trade Organisation report has urged the Premier League to block the takeover of Newcastle, otherwise it will be violating its own regulations.

    According to BBC Sport, the report states: “Should the Premier League approve the Newcastle takeover by KSA, it would be acting inconsistently with its own decisions and factual evidence as part of the WTO proceedings.”

  • ‘MMOBILE PHONE HIM

    Newcastle are reportedly ready to break the bank in a move for Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile.

    A bid totalling £121million is being formulated, according to reports in Italy, for the 30-year-old Lazio striker.

    With the Toon hoping to finally seal the deal on a £300m takeover of the club by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium, many expect a huge spending spree to follow.

    And La Gazzetta dello Sport name Immobile as their latest target.

    Should the takeover go through, they believe Newcastle will bid £50m for the Italian international, who has 27 goals in Serie A this season.

    He will then be offered a £71m five-year contract, worth £275,000-a-week, to make the move to Tyneside.

  • ICYMI – WTO PROBE

    Newcastle’s £300million takeover has been hit with fresh doubt as Saudi Arabia have been ordered to “deal with” allegations of TV piracy.

    The Saudi-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley looked to have been closing in on a deal to take over the Toon from unpopular owner Mike Ashley.

    But Newcastle fans, desperate for new leadership, have been hit with another stumbling block.

    Saudi broadcaster beoutQ, a pirate pay television service, are accused of ripping off coverage from European football, including the Premier League and LaLiga.

    World Trade Organization have carried out an own investigation after the Premier League and LaLiga were denied claims by the Saudi court and lawyers.

    Evidence of piracy is said to have been discovered, which would have cost Fifa, Uefa and the FA hundreds of millions of pounds.

  • LAST-MINUTE TUNE-UP

    Premier League home teams can blast out ‘walk-on’ music for their subs from tomorrow night.

    With all games in empty grounds, top-flight chiefs want to try and restore some advantage to the hosts.

    So clubs can play music at “key moments”, including after goals and for subs.

    It is unclear whether players will have individual tunes, or use the same music.

    West Ham will run out to ‘Bubbles’ when they play Wolves on Saturday.

    A club source said: “After ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, it’s probably the most distinct club song in the Premier League.”

  • GOOD MORNING TOON FANS

    Newcastle's £300m Saudi takeover is a 'toss of a coin' regarding whether it will go through or not.

    That is the claim from a Premier League club chief in a report in Forbes.

    But a decision is expected to be made 'this week' on the Amanada Staveley-led consortium involving Mohammed Bin Salman.

    They have already been hit with fresh problems over their involvement in TV piracy in Saudi Arabia.

    Former Newcastle player Matty Pattinson believes if the takeover goes through, it is bad new for Andy Carroll.

    “If the takeover goes ahead and the club will have this abundance of wealth, they’re going to look to bring in real top players at the peak of their game,” he said.

    “If they sign the quality of player they’re talking about, opportunities might be a little bit limited. Where that leaves him, I don’t really know.”

  • MAN ON FIRE

    Manchester City face four games in a 16-day shootout if they are to lift the Champions League for the first time.

    Uefa are set to confirm on Tuesday that the business end of the tournament will be completed by a last-eight ‘mini World Cup’ to be held in Lisbon in August.

    Pep Guardiola and his City side will discover the result of their Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal against Uefa’s two-year European ban by the middle of next month.

    And three weeks later City restart their Euro quest by playing Real Madrid in the last 16, having won the first leg 2-1. All four uncompleted matches will be played over the weekend of August 7 and 8.

    Uefa then plan to use the two major stadia in Lisbon for the remaining games, with the quarter- final ties, played as one-off matches, held on consecutive nights between August 12 and August 15.

    Semi-finals will be on August 18 and 19, before the final at the Stadium of Light on August 23.

  • SUB-WOOFER

    Premier League home teams can blast out ‘walk-on’ music for their subs from tomorrow night.

    With all games in empty grounds, top-flight chiefs want to try and restore some advantage to the hosts.

    So clubs can play music at “key moments”, including after goals and for subs.

    It is unclear whether players will have individual tunes, or use the same music.

    West Ham will run out to ‘Bubbles’ when they play Wolves on Saturday.

    A club source said: “After ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, it’s probably the most distinct club song in the Premier League.”

  • NICE ONE MY SONS

    Like Uriah Rennie, Jarnail Singh was a pioneer in refereeing.

    And the first Asian to take charge of a Football League match shares Rennie’s frustration that there are no BAME refs at the top level of English football.

    Now 58 and a referee-observer for League One and Two, Singh said: “I knew Uriah on a professional basis and had the privilege of working with him on a Premier League game as a fourth official.

    “I am very disappointed about the number of BAME match officials that have reached the top level of the professional game.

    “Hopefully both Sunny and Bhupinder and other match officials can change that in the years to come.”

  • TAKING THE MIKE

    Many Newcastle fans will be happy to see the back of Mike Ashley who has had a controversial reign as owner of the club.

  • ALL TIME TOP 20

    SunSport mocked up the all time best table which shows which teams have accumulated the most points in top flight history.

  • BULLISH BRUCE

    Steve Bruce is hoping to make Newcastle more attractive to watch when football returns.

    He said: “The football was difficult to watch at times.But in our last three games, we changed the system and created a lot more chances.

    “And we'll stick with that formation for the rest of the season.

    “Perhaps we may have to tinker when facing the bigger teams but we won't be returning to five at the back.

    “It served a purpose but it was never the way I wanted us to play.

    “Hopefully, we'll give our supporters back home something to get excited about.”

  • STAR'S FEAR

    A top footballer secretly living as gay says he is “terrified” to come out and says the game still needs to do so much more.

    The star, who plays in the Premier League, is being counselled by a charity and has even confided in some of his team-mates.

    The player said: “There needs to be education from top to bottom – it is about talking directly to fans, agents, players, managers and those running the game about the issue.

    “For a player to make that step they need to know the support is there. At the moment it just isn’t.”

    The star made the comments to Amal Fashanu who is supporting around seven players who are currently in touch with the Justin Fashanu Foundation.

  • PORT OF CALL

    This year's Champions League final looks set to be played on August 23 in Lisbon. Uefa are expected to approve an 11-day mini tournament for the final eight teams left in the competition.

    According Sky Sports reporter Bryan Swanson, plans are in place to host the matches from August 12 to August 23.

    Lisbon – where the 2014 final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid was played – has been backed as the host city by the Portuguese FA.

    It is understood that the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played over just one leg this year. Goal claim that the remaining last-16 fixtures will be played in Barcelona and Turin.

    The quarter-finals will be played between August 12 and 15, while the semi-finals will be played on August 18 and 19. But there has been no further information released regarding the plans for the Europa League.

  • PUT ON THE SPOT

    Newcastle's penalty record could do with some improvement if stats that emerged on Twitter are anything to go by…

  • FLIP OF A COIN

    Whether Newcastle’s takeover is ratified or not is set to be decided on the ‘flip of a coin’, according to reports.

    Forbes quote an ‘executive at a topPremier League club’ who said: “If you’re asking me which way the vote will go with the the owners and directors of the Premier League it’s a flip of a coin.”

    Mike Ashley is set to find out if the sale will be ratified in the next week.

  • DANCE FLOR

    Benfica defender Florentino Luis is on Newcastle’s radar, according to reports.

    AC Milan are also interested in the Portuguese starlet, 20, nicknamed the Octopus.

    Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen have also been looking at Luis.

    According to the Mail, niggling injuries have held him back but interested parties are not being put off by that factor.

  • BROKER REVEALED

    Ali Jassim is acting as a broker in the takover of Newcastle United.

    According to the New York Times, he worked on the Manchester City deal back in 2008.

    The NYT report claims Puerto Rico-based Jassim has “joined forces” with Amanda Staveley.

    Also involved is Carla DiBello, a friend of Kim Kardashian.

    Jassim stands to make millions for brokering the deal.

  • WTO BID KO

    As detailed earlier World Trade Organisation is set to publish a report detailing whether Saudi Arabia facilitated the illegal streaming of sporting events.

    WTO director general Roberto Azevedo told the BBC: “I can't tell you exactly when, but it (the report) is going to come.

    “The dispute’s still ongoing, it's still under confidential procedures, and therefore I cannot comment at all on the subject.

    “But that's one of the good things about the WTO.

    “Very sensitive issues like that can be dealt with. There will be a ruling.

    “Our members are going to respond to those rulings.”

  • MORNING TOON FANS

    Newcastle's takeover faces mounting doubt over Saudi TV piracy of football coverage.

    The World Trade Organisation fear illegal sales by national broadcaster beoutQ have cost Fifa, Uefa, the FA and Co huge sums in TV fees.

    That is a huge reason why the Toon's proposed £300million buyout has yet to be sealed, as the Premier League takes its time deciding.

    And as talk of landing Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho continues to cool, the one piece of clear good news is a reported deal to keep Danny Rose on loan for the rest of the season.

    Rose's Tottenham's contract runs out next year but he has edged back to form with Steve Bruce's men.

    Nonetheless, Newcastle are being linked with another big-name left-back.

    The Mirror say Toon chiefs have been in talks with Chelsea over Spaniard Marcos Alonso.

    But the Blues' valuation of around £26million for a 29-year-old could be a major stumbling point.

    Meanwhile, the Maggies are thought to be considering keeping out-of-contract trio Andy Carroll, Matty Longstaff and Javier Manquillo beyond this term.

  • 'DEAL WITH' PIRACY CLAIMS

    Newcastle's £300million takeover has been hit with fresh doubt as Saudi Arabia have been ordered to “deal with” allegations of TV piracy.

    The Saudi-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley looked to have been closing in on a deal to take over the Toon from unpopular owner Mike Ashley.

    But Newcastle fans desperate for new leadership have been hit with another stumbling block.

    Saudi broadcaster beoutQ, a pirate pay television service, are accused of ripping off coverage from European football, including the Premier League and LaLiga.

    World Trade Organization have carried out an own investigation after the Premier League and LaLiga were denied claims by the Saudi court and lawyers.

    Evidence of piracy is said to have been discovered, which would have cost Fifa, Uefa and the FA hundreds of millions of pounds.

    The investigation casts huge doubt over the takeover of Newcastle, which is led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and backed by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

  • WT-OH NO FOR TOON

    Newcastle's would-be buyers are being made to sweat even more as claims over Saudi-led TV piracy of football games intensify

    The World Trade Organisation say national broadcaster beoutQ has illegally offered coverage to some of Europe’s top leagues.

    That is a huge reason why the Toon's proposed £300million takeover remains on hold.

    The WTO is thought to have amassed loads of evidence to support its claims of piracy – potentially costing organisations like Fifa, Uefa and the FA millions of pounds in TV fees.

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