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

June 16th, 2020 | No Comments |

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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…)


Would a Saudi led Newcastle United be allowed to compete in Europe?

June 14th, 2020 | 8 Comments |

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Would UEFA close the door on Newcastle?
When a football club takeover involves a cast of characters including the World Trade Organization, the United States Trade Representative, Amnesty International, Saudi Arabian Pirates, Neil Kinnock, a Middle East proxy war, the fiance of a brutally murdered journalist, a former World Chess Champion, FIFA, UEFA, AFC, The Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and many others it could only be for one club, Newcastle United.

At this time, the Saudi led consortium’s bid to take over the Magpies hangs on the (much delayed) decision by the Premier League as to whether the prospective buyers are ‘fit and proper’ people to take over a Premier League club. Many column inches and web pages (mostly drivel) have been wasted on it. However, there is another aspect of the deal which doesn’t seem to have been thought of at all. What I mean is that overcoming the Premier League hurdle will not necessarily be the end of the story if the new regime have ambitions for the Magpies to compete in UEFA competitions such as the Europa League and the Champions League. (more…)


Former Magpies star wants Saudis to give Bruce the Chop

June 5th, 2020 | One Comment |

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Bruce and Chopra: No love lost.
Ex-Newcastle United forward Michael Chopra insists current Magpies boss Steve Bruce doesn’t play football “the Newcastle way” as he urges the club to bring back Rafael Benitez.

Despite keeping the Magpies safe in mid-table like his predecessor, getting into the quarter finals of the FA Cup before football was so rudely interrupted as well as getting some positive results against big clubs, such as home wins over Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League, North-East born Bruce still hasn’t managed to win over the Newcastle faithful this season with his defensive style. (more…)