Newcastle United's takeover has finally been confirmed, bringing Mike Ashley's unpopular tenure at St James' Park to an end.
The consortium – made up of PCP Capital Partners, David and Simon Reuben and the Gulf state's Public Investment Fund – first started planning their bid all the way back in 2017.
They eventually tabled an offer in 2020, but the Premier League blocked the purchase over fears that the Saudi partners would become directors at the club, as well as a dispute over broadcasting rights.
This prompted Ashley to launch two-fold legal action. The first was an arbitration between himself and the Premier League, while the second was a Competition Appeal Tribunal.
In a statement, the Premier League said: “The Premier League, Newcastle United Football Club and St James Holdings Limited have today settled the dispute over the takeover of the club by the consortium of PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
“Following the completion of the Premier League's Owners' and Directors' Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect.
“The legal disputes concerned which entities would own and/or have the ability to control the club following the takeover.
“All parties have agreed the settlement is necessary to end the long uncertainty for fans over the club’s ownership.
“The Premier League has now received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club.
“All parties are pleased to have concluded this process which gives certainty and clarity to Newcastle United Football Club and their fans.”
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