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Newcastle manager Eddie Howe promises to keep looking into Saudi owners after criticism of human rights abuses

EDDIE HOWE vowed to continue opening up about Newcastle’s controversial Saudi owners.

But the lower fire newcastle The chief reminded critics that it was the Premier League that allowed the Gulf state’s public investment fund to do so buy the magpies.

Eddie Howe has promised to find out more about Newcastle's Saudi owners

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Eddie Howe has promised to find out more about Newcastle’s Saudi ownersPhoto credit: Getty

Howe was blown up after last Sunday 1-0 defeat at Chelsea for not condemning the execution of 81 people in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Before the trip on Thursday after everton, he defended his ‘sticking to football’ attitude, saying: “It’s something I need to devote more time to. I understand that the questions need to be asked, I have no problem with that.

“But from my point of view, my specialty is football. That’s what I know, that’s what I’ve learned.

“Once I deviate from that into an area where I don’t feel qualified to have a big opinion, I’m stepping into dangerous territory. I prefer to stick with what I know.

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“It is my right to respond in whatever way I feel is best for me and Newcastle.”

PIF has yet to talk about the recording First League gave the green light to a £300m takeover last October after a 19-month delay.

Amnesty International asked him to speak out about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

And when asked if he’s opening up on the situation, Howe said: “Yes I have and will continue to do so.

“Part of my job in modern football management now is knowing what is going on around the world. But football will always be my passion and the core of my work.”

About whether he has considered these topics before took the job last NovemberHe added: “When you join discussions I look at Newcastle for the club that it is – the stadium, the supporter base, the team, the position in the league.

“That had to be my focus back then. You meet people behind the scenes – Amanda Staveley, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Yasir Al Rumayyan – brilliant people who I have a great relationship with.

“There was a lot of trust between us.

“The club is owned by people who have been allowed by the Premier League to own a football club.

“I checked my decision against the people I met and from day one we had a great relationship.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17974867/howe-learning-saudi-human-rights-violations-newcastle/ Newcastle manager Eddie Howe promises to keep looking into Saudi owners after criticism of human rights abuses

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