Hypocritical reporter again as he attacks Newcastle United over Saudi issues

Just over a year since the Saudi PIF led the takeover of Newcastle United, where it bought 80% of the football club.

The Reuben family taking a ten percent stake. Amanda Staveley the same.

No wonder that with Newcastle United now looking competitive on the pitch with an excellent manager, the usual suspects are coming out from under their stones.

Especially no surprise this weekend when United play in the capital against one of the self-proclaimed elites, with some journalists vying with each other to be the most outraged, exploding with moral outrage.

Come on Oliver Holt, sports editor of The Mail on Sunday, who ahead of today’s Tottenham game against Newcastle said – 22nd October 2022:

“I’m still awaiting the latest news on Eddie Howe’s attempts to find out about the horrors perpetrated by the state that employs him as manager of Newcastle United. We’ve been waiting so long now I guess he’s in writing a dissertation on it.

This is not an isolated case for Oliver Holt, as he is one of those journalists who repeatedly tries to win personally by attacking Newcastle United and NUFC fans on May 14, 2022:

“Boasting of the riches now at their disposal, many Newcastle supporters have been fiercely loyal to the Saudis since they bought 80 per cent of the club last October and some have given up on their appalling human rights record. , their repression of minorities, their penchant for mass executions, their treatment of women and their targeting of civilians in the war in Yemen.’

“The idea that they got their club back after the Saudis bought it from the hated Mike Ashley also seems crazier every day. The truth is that they are further and further away from recovering their club. Who knows what part of the club’s history and culture the owners will appropriate next? Newcastle as a vassal state is a sad sight to behold.

“Eddie Howe is an excellent manager who has done a first-class job since arriving in the North East, but his attempts to dodge questions about the Saudis’ human rights record will become even more untenable when his team dies. “Will be exhausted at Old Trafford and Anfield look like the Saudi national team. Is that really what a man like him and a club like Newcastle want to represent?

“How can there be separation now? How can it be said that the Saudi state is not using Newcastle for its own purposes, charging the club with its crimes, sucking it deep into its orbit?

‘What’s next, I wonder? When do people who love Newcastle object to the cynical way the club is being used?

Many Newcastle United fans feel that many of these journalists who take the moral high ground come from very dubious positions.

Ultimately, if you’re going to take that level of Mount Everest condemnation from Newcastle United fans or anyone, then you really have to be blameless yourself, no skeletons in the closet, absolute consistency of approach on these kinds of problems previously, to treat all in the same way, to condemn all in the same way.

Now I have to admit that when it comes to Oliver Holt, for some reason I can’t find any trace of the countless articles he’s surely written in the past, wondering how Manchester United fans can live with them- themselves, while their club has been taking millions every year from Saudi regime-owned businesses via sponsorship for 15 (fifteen!) years now. Saudi Arabia is literally paying to use Manchester United’s good reputation and attach themselves to it. Saudi Arabia are Man Utd’s longest-serving sponsor and that relationship continues as we speak, with indeed a few years ago the Old Trafford club announcing a second annual revenue stream from the state of ‘Saudi Arabia.

The thing is, when you look at Oliver Holt, you don’t even have to go that far, no need to search (for me anyway) impossible to find a panoply of articles calling out Manchester United fans and their club (he covered the Chelsea game against Man Utd on Saturday, without asking Ten Hag about the Saudi state money helping to pay his salary).

Would such a journalist refuse to legitimize such a country/regime by traveling there and covering a sporting event? Still, Oliver Holt was there in 2019 covering the Anthony Joshua fight… while in 2011 The Mail man didn’t have as much moral outrage over where the money came from to help fund Premier League clubs…

Oliver Holt – December 7, 2019 in The Mail:

“When the UK government is trading with the Saudis, it’s hard to blame Hearn and Joshua for taking their money too.”

Oliver Holt had this to say about Chelsea and Man City in 2011:

@danielvh88 Does it really matter who the money is? Chelsea spend Russian money, City spend Arab money, West Ham spend English money.

Oliver Holt has pointed out in the past that things were/are a bit more complicated in this global economy, where nothing is simple, where there are layers within layers, where so much is interconnected these days. Not always so easy to identify an absolute true and an absolute false as to who is doing business with whom. I’m sure these days Oliver Holt would never dream of getting an Uber (partly owned by Saudi Arabia PIF) instead of a taxi, while if he fills up his car I am convinced that he always checks first with the gas station that not a single penny of his money goes to the Saudi regime.

Newcastle United fans should apparently be ashamed if they don’t call the Saudi owners of the PIF, as Oliver Holt says “When do people who love Newcastle object to the cynical way the club is used ?”

Just hold that thought, those words, for a moment.

‘Double standards; definition:

‘Rule or principle that is unjustly applied in different ways to different people or groups.’

Definition of ‘hypocrite’:

“A person who claims to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., which he does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions contradict the stated beliefs.”

“A person who feigns a desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially a person whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his public statements.”

If journalists are so disgusted with where the money comes from when it comes to Premier League clubs, then surely they couldn’t work for an employer who does business with such a country/regime they disapprove of…

Maybe someone like Oliver Holt?

Neil Farrington via Twitter – May 15, 2022:

“I wonder what Ollie Holt thinks of his employers (Daily Mail and General Trust – DMGT) hosting the Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo – ‘the Kingdom’s first-ever trade event dedicated to the entertainment and amusement industry’ – next week.

“Or the Saudi Light & Sound exhibition.

“Or the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.

“Or the Saudi Infrastructure Expo.

“Or the Index Saudi interior design exhibition.”

Newcastle United fans don’t choose the football club they support, like any other true football fan, their club chose them. It’s a deal for life, not like changing supermarkets or jobs…

Oliver Holt works for an organization where the money that goes into his bank account is directly linked in part to the money generated by DMGT’s (Daily Mail and General Trust) relationship with the Saudi state. Just last month (September 6-8, 2022), the people Oliver Holt works for hosted the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.

Oliver Holt chooses who he works for, so if he has such principles at Mount Everest, how can he cope with working for an organization that has such large business interests involving Saudi Arabia?

As one of the Newcastle United fans in question, whom Holt has regularly called out to rebel against the Saudi ownership of NUFC, I will consider taking to the streets to protest against the club’s owners, only once I I will hear that the hypocrite Oliver Holt refuses to continue taking money from his employers who generate so much money from Saudi Arabia.

For starters though, surely if he has some integrity, then at the very least whenever Oliver Holt writes something about Newcastle United/Eddie Howe/NUFC fans and PIF majority ownership in Saudi Arabia he is surely bound to do so at the same time admitting that his salary is paid by an employer who earns millions through extensive business dealings with the Saudi state…and then condemning him outright for it.

Oliver Holt and the other usual suspects tend to act together, supporting each other on social media for example.

I have a feeling they might just come together to target Eddie Howe’s post-match press conference later today, watch this space…