Newcastle United fans are keeping close tabs on the Middle East as relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia steadily improve.
A blockade between the two countries was lifted this week with supporters hoping it is a step in the right direction for the club’s takeover hopes.
United owner Mike Ashley, as well as the Newcastle Supporters Consortium, are challenging the Premier League over the collapse of takeover talks between the Sports Direct magnate and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers.
All interested parties are believed to be in support of the takeover getting back on track.
A report in this morning’s Times suggests that beIN Sports had initially called for the takeover to be blocked due to piracy issues as beoutQ boxes provided illegal streams of games in the Middle East.
As a result, Saudi Arabia banned broadcasts of beIN Sports from Qatar being beamed around their country.
Saudi Arabia are said to be about to drop their appeal to the World Trade Organisation which reported that they had facilitated the illegal broadcasts.
And in a what would be a further step in the right direction, beIN Sports – according to the Times – would need to be convinced that Saudi Arabia make their channel fully available before it drops any opposition.
The Premier League were contacted by Chronicle Live this week but insisted they would not be making any comment on Newcastle’s takeover or the ongoing appeal.