Saudi Arabia have gone from hosting boxing bouts, horse racing, wrestling, Formula 1 races to now owning Premier League club Newcastle United.
The 300-million-pound ($409 million) takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Fund initially collapsed last year over concerns about how much control the kingdom’s leadership would have in the running of Newcastle
beIN Sports, which holds the rights to the Premier League in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), was banned by Saudi Arabia in 2017 at the start of a diplomatic and transport blockade of Qatar which ended in January.
Premier League: Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies attempting to aid Saudi bid for Newcastle United
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent private WhatsApp messages to Johnson in June last year demanding that the English Premier League "reconsider and correct its wrong conclusion" blocking the takeover, the Daily Mail reported.
Premier League: Newcastle United in 'advanced talks' with Singaporean conglomerate over potential takeover
Bellagraph Nova Group, which operates across 100 countries, said it has given Newcastle a letter of intent and proof it has funds for the purchase.
Premier League: Saudi Arabia-led consortium's Newcastle United bid ends over piracy, human rights issues
Premier League spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound takeover of Newcastle that would have seen Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund gain an 80 percent stake in it.
Premier League: Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says delay in approving Saudi-backed takeover 'not healthy for anybody'
A group with an expected 80% investment from Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF have made a reported 300 million pounds ($370.95 million) bid to buy United from British businessman Mike Ashley.
Amnesty International asks Premier League to consider Saudi Arabia's human rights violations ahead of Newcastle takeover
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is seeking clearance from the Premier League to take control of Newcastle United from retail entrepreneur Mike Ashley as the majority owner.
Ashley bought Newcastle United in 2007 but is widely viewed as a figure of scorn in the one-club city whose St. James' Park stadium is affectionately dubbed "the cathedral on the hill."
Coronavirus Outbreak: Newcastle United becomes first Premier League club to put non-playing staff on leave, says report
Newcastle have joined second division clubs such as Birmingham City and Millwall in placing the majority of their workforce, with the exception of players and first-team coaching staff, on furlough.
Premier League: Hit by major injury crisis, Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to discuss potential signings with owner
Newcastle manager Bruce said it was the worst injury crisis he had seen in 40 years with as many as 13 players sidelined
Premier League: Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce ready to take criticism following back-to-back defeats
Newcastle record signing Joelinton appeared to pick up a hip injury at Carrow Road, leaving Bruce sweating on the fitness of the Brazilian striker who joined from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim last month
Premier League: Rafael Benitez says 'unfulfilled promises' from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley behind move to Chinese club
Benitez could not prevent Newcastle from being relegated after joining in March 2016, but he won promotion from the Championship the following season and led them to 10th and 13th-placed finishes over the past two years in the Premier League
Premier League: Newcastle manager Steve Bruce concedes Rafa Benitez' shoes difficult to fill, hopes to win fans' support
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says that he hasn't joined the club to please the owner and will need some time to make changes but assures of a good finish
Premier League: Jamaal Lascelles urges Newcastle United to look beyond Rafael Benitez, get behind new coach Steve Bruce
Bruce was named successor to the popular Benitez on Wednesday but the appointment has gone down badly with Newcastle fans and some are threatening a boycott.
Premier League: Mike Ashley's 'did not share the same vision' for Newcastle, says former manager Rafael Benitez
Benitez's departure has sparked more anger among the Newcastle support towards Ashley, who has owned the club since 2007, with many fans posting on social media that they will not renew their season tickets
Premier League: Rafael Benitez to leave Newcastle United after failing to reach agreement over extension of contract
Despite failing to keep Newcastle in the top flight shortly after taking over, Benitez earned hero status on Tyneside as he led Newcastle back to the Premier League
Premier League: Dubai's Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan close to buying Newcastle United from Mike Ashley
Representatives of Dubai's Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said they had 'agreed terms' with Mike Ashley, moving closer to buying Newcastle United
Premier League: Ayoze Perez's first-half header sinks Leicester City as Newcastle United inch closer to safety
Newcastle took a huge step towards securing their Premier League survival as Ayoze Perez sealed a 1-0 win against Leicester on Friday
Premier League: Martin Dubravka's howler gifts Wolves late draw as relegation-threatened Newcastle United struggle
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka damaged his side's bid to avoid relegation for the second successive match as his late howler gifted Wolves a 1-1 draw on Monday.