Newcastle Utd could be sold to the Bin Ladens
Toon Army unhappy with controversial takeover plans
Geordies are outraged today by the news that the Bin Ladens are front runners in the race to take Newcastle United from Mike Ashley. The Saudi BinLadin Group, who turn over around £2.5billion annually through their construction work, have reportedly offered £300m for the club, and they plan to spend millions developing leisure and retail facilities around St James’ Park.
Osama was disowned by his family many years before 9/11, but the prospect of having an overweight recluse replaced by lots of men with big beards is a frightening one.
Ben Linton, a 27-year-old insurance broker from Gateshead said: “I saw Team America at the cinema and on DVD, so I know that terrorism is something I do not want my club associated with.”
Boris Langley, a retired teacher from Newcastle, chimed in on a similar note: “This is disgraceful. Selling my club to known Arsenal fans is unacceptable.”
Ashley paid around £134million to gain complete control of The Magpies, so an offer of £300million just over a year later must be sorely tempting. The Bin Ladens also own shares in big American companies like Micorsoft and Boeing, so the outcry seems a little reactionary.
What do you think? Would you rather the Bin Ladens invested in your club, or some nice clean cut Western businessmen – Like the Glazers, or Gillett and Hicks? Let us know with a comment below.