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Premier League faces claims beIN pressured it over Newcastle takeover amid TV rights talks

By Simon Zekaria
  • 01 Oct 2021 11:10
  • 01 Oct 2021 11:10
The Premier League, if forced to defend a looming UK antitrust claim from Newcastle United, faces allegations that Qatar’s beIN Sports pressured it to block the football club's takeover during talks over a three-year broadcasting deal, MLex has learned. 

MLex also understands that Newcastle — one of 20 clubs in the top-flight English league

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Simon Zekaria

Senior Correspondent


Simon Zekaria is a senior correspondent in London, covering UK regulation. Prior to joining MLex, Simon reported on business news for The Wall Street Journal, including on telecommunications, media, technology and consumer affairs. Simon was also a writer for the WSJ on diverse subjects such as Brexit, UK politics and global sport. Simon was previously a correspondent on competition issues and European politics for Thomson Reuters and Agence France-Presse in Brussels. Simon is a graduate of Edinburgh University, with Masters degrees in literature and law. A French speaker, he has studied at the Sorbonne University, Paris.

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