Newcastle fans celebrate outside St James’ Park as Saudi takeover is completed

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Thrilled Newcastle fans were singing, dancing and drinking outside St James’s Park after seeing Mike Ashley finally selling the club.

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Magpie has been acquired by Saudi Arabia’s wealthy public investment fund, which will hold 80 percent of the north-eastern organization.

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Newcastle fans were over the moon to see Ashley’s backcredit: Alamy
There were gleeful views across the street and at St. James's Park.

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There were gleeful views across the street and at St. James’s Park.credit: Alamy
The scenery at St James's Park was quite extraordinary

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The scenery at St James’s Park was quite extraordinarycredit: Reuters
Amanda Staveley, who now owns 10 percent, was a key figure in getting the deal on the line.

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Amanda Staveley, who now owns 10 percent, was a key figure in getting the deal on the line.credits: PA

The deal marks the end of Ashley’s 14-year tenure as Newcastle owner, much of which has been clouded by protests from fans.

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And supporters showed how they felt soon after it was confirmed by partying outside the stadium.

The acquisition means Newcastle now have the richest owners in world football as they are worth £320bn.

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But while Ashley’s controversial regime is now over, attention will turn to Saudi Arabia’s “serious” human rights record.

Gary Lineker tweeted: “Football fans want their clubs to be successful, but at what cost? The dilemma facing NUFC supporters.”

Amnesty International today urged the Premier League to “change their standards” regarding human rights.

The stadium was awash with fans singing, drinking and celebrating

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The stadium was awash with fans singing, drinking and celebratingcredit: Alamy
Newcastle now have the richest owners in the Premier League

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Newcastle now have the richest owners in the Premier Leaguecredit: AP
The business woman couldn't contain her enthusiasm to make an acquisition

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The business woman couldn’t contain her enthusiasm to make an acquisitioncredits: PA
Newcastle fans have been celebrating since the news was unveiled

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Newcastle fans have been celebrating since the news was unveiledcredits: PA

But Amanda Stavli, who has spearheaded the Saudi takeover and owns 10 percent of the club, is upbeat about what the future holds.

He said: “This is a long-term investment. We are excited about the future prospects for Newcastle United.

“We intend to establish a united philosophy across the club, establish a clear objective, and help provide leadership that will allow Newcastle United to go on to great achievements over the long term.

“Our ambition is to engage with the fans – to create a consistently successful team that regularly competes for major trophies and generates pride around the world.”

And club legend Alan Shearer simply tweeted: “Yesssssssss. We can dare to hope again.”

Speculation immediately arose about manager Steve Bruce, a man who is increasingly unpopular among the club’s larger section of fans.

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Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League table without a win so far this season.

And some of the post-acquisition gleeful scenes were also completed with chants aimed at Bruce.

Some supporters gathered to sing: “You’re getting fired in the morning.”

Club sales spark gleeful scenes on Tyneside

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Club sales spark gleeful scenes on Tynesidecredits: PA
The people of the city are very happy with the acquisition

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The people of the city are very happy with the acquisitioncredit: Reuters
The club's supporters believe the future is bright.

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The club’s supporters believe the future is bright.credit: AP

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