Newcastle United’s new owners were at St James’ Park for the first game of the PIF era against Tottenham, who named Son Heung-min in their starting XI.
Last week saw Mike Ashley’s 14-year tenure as an owner at Newcastle come to an end as a long-awaited takeover was completed.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) took an 80 percent stake in the club. Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben brothers’ RB Sports & Media each took on 10 percent.
With PIF having estimated total assets of at least $500billion, their financial backing is expected to transform Newcastle into a club that will consistently compete for major trophies.
The club’s new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan was among those in attendance to watch Newcastle attempt to get their first Premier League win of the season.
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Callum Wilson returned to Newcastle’s XI having recovered from a thigh injury, while Tottenham was able to call on Son to play upfront with Harry Kane.
Before the game, Spurs clarified the situation surrounding the results of COVID-19 tests for two unnamed players who had returned from international duty.
“Following a number of reports regarding the health of our players, the club would like to provide clarity to events of the past 48 hours,” a Tottenham statement read.
“After further analysis following Premier League protocol, two players – whose names will not be disclosed due to medical confidentiality – returned false positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday after returning from international duty.”