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3 Transfer Targets for Toon Ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League Season

July 8th, 2020 | One Comment |

Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain – Getting on a bit.
There is no question that Newcastle United are thinking big ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League. The Mapgies are set to undergo a massive takeover and might become the second Premier League club to have Saudi ownership. All of the Premier League predictions point to one thing around Newcastle, and that is they are going to open their wallets. A new Saudi ownership would mean massive money to spend once the 2020-21 Premier League season rolls around.

Several players have been mentioned as potential transfer targets for the club ahead of the upcoming campaign, where the Magpies seem quite likely to fight for a European place if at least one of these players end up arriving at St. James’ Park. Without further ado, here are three transfer targets for Newcastle United ahead of the 2020-21 English Premier League season. (more…)


Is Joelinton Right About Toon Fans’ Bruce abuse?

June 25th, 2020 | No Comments |

Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce: Not a lot of respect from fans.
In a recent interview with Natalie Gedra for Brazilian ESPN, Newcastle United forward, Joelinton, spoke about several aspects of his time on Tyneside. One of those was his observations about the fans’ treatment of Steve Bruce since he became the Magpies’ manager in July 2019. On this he said:

“When he [Bruce] arrived, he came under a lot of pressure, part of the crowd didn’t want him because of his old work. A nice guy, a hard worker, but who demands, and is a friend, always with word of encouragement. The fans acted badly with him as soon as he arrived. He’s doing his best. For me, he’s a great coach.”

To say that Bruce’s welcome after the departure of Benitez was ‘muted’ would be an understatement, it was verging on hostile. Even now, after a 3-0 victory against a team (Sheffield United) who were 5th in the Premier League, and the second best behind Liverpool in terms of goals conceeded going into the game, a fan on this site reacted to the Magpies’ performance as follows: (more…)


Saudi’s Claim That WTO Report Exonerates Them of Collusion with Piracy

June 16th, 2020 | No Comments |

Saudi Press Agency
Saudi Press Agency: Claiming that WTO report exhonerates KSA
Earlier today, I published the WTO report on Saudi Arabia’s piracy of Premier League games and as expected, it didn’t take long for the Saudi Press Agency to respond to the ruling, which I am also publishing below in full. Unsurprisingly, they try to put a very positive spin on it, even claiming that the WTO actually rejected the allegation that the Saudi government supported piracy, but I will make no further comment on it until I have studied the full 125 page report in detail, along with the much shorter response below. (more…)


WTO Report on Saudi Piracy – Conclusion and Full Report

June 16th, 2020 | No Comments |

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WTO rule that Saudis blocked justice over Piracy
Below is the conclusion of the World Trade Organization panel report on Saudi Arabia’s protection of intellectual property rights, along with a link to the full 125 page report published today.

7.4.4 Conclusion

7.294. For these reasons, the Panel finds that the requirements for invoking Article73(b)(iii) are met in relation to the inconsistency with Article 42 and Article 41.1 of the TRIPS Agreement (*850) arising from the measures that, directly or indirectly, have had the result of preventing beIN from obtaining Saudi legal counsel to enforce its IP rights through civil enforcement procedures before Saudi courts and tribunals. The Panel also finds that the requirements for invoking Article73(b)(iii) are not met in relation to the inconsistency with Article 61 of the TRIPS Agreement arising from Saudi Arabia’s non-application of criminal procedures and penalties to beoutQ. (more…)


Two of the next three Newcastle United games on free to air TV.

June 15th, 2020 | 48 Comments |

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TV details of next 3 NUFC games announced with 6 to follow
The return of the Premier League this Wednesday, albeit in empty stadiums, also means the return of live football to our screens, along with the welcome news to those who don’t have multiple TV sport subscriptions that two of Newcastle United’s first three games will be broadcast free to air, or all three for those lucky enough to have BT Sport for free on their Virgin Cable package. TV details of the games up to Wednesday, July 1st (the first three games) have been released, with details of the final six games to follow in the fullness of time (details below).

As well as BT and Sky, in the TV games still to be announced, BBC and Amazon will also be broadcasting four Premier League games apiece, with the BBC games being free to air and the Amazon ones available to Amazon Prime customers, though those who aren’t will probably be able to receive the games if they take out a month’s free trial at the right time. (more…)