British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied this Thursday through the voice of his spokesperson any intervention in favor of an attempt to buy Newcastle football club by a Saudi fund.
As Newcastle owners still seek to sell the club, the failed Magpies buyout attempt by the aborted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has resurfaced on the British media web.
According to the indiscretions of the Daily Mail, the Saudi would have sent Whatsapp messages in June to Boris Johnson for the British Premier League “to reconsider and correct its erroneous conclusions” which blocked the takeover.
While Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson declined to comment on “private conversations”, he admitted that the British leader had mandated his advisor Eddie Lister to look into the issue of this takeover offer by a consortium led by the Saudi sovereign fund.
“The Prime Minister asked Lord Lister to check on the progress of discussions on this potential major investment in the UK. He did not ask him to intervene. The Prime Minister did not intervene. The government did not intervene. was at no time involved in these discussions. “
A murky affair
This aborted takeover attempt is the subject of arbitration proceedings in London, with Newcastle club owner Mike Ashley disputing the Premier League’s conclusion seeing the consortium as the arm of the Saudi state controlled by Prince Ben Salman.
However, the UK government has denied being involved in the failed takeover of the Magpies: “Although we welcome foreign investment, it was a commercial matter for the parties involved, and the government was not involved. at any time in the Newcastle United buyout negotiations. “