Last month, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters suggested the proposed takeover had become complicated but hoped to have a conclusion to the process shortly [Lee Smith/Reuters]

The English Premier League (EPL) has been reminded to consider Saudi Arabia’s human rights record while evaluating a takeover bid of football club Newcastle United by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund.

In a report released on Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, the rights organisation and FairSquare Projects said: “The Premier League and the Football Association should consider adopting a comprehensive human rights policy in line with the policy put in place by FIFA [football’s world governing body].”

The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund has for months been trying to buy Premier League club Newcastle United.

It is understood that

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