Max and the pod discuss Saudi Arabia becoming the latest Gulf state to get involved in football ownership. They also ask: what is soft power? Does it work? Should anybody be allowed to own a football club? Should clubs be held to a higher moral account than other businesses? And do fans have any power in any of this?
Max and Philippe also speak to Lina al-Hathloul, whose sister Loujain was one of several activists who, following arrest in 2018, was reportedly subject to abuse at the hands of the Saudi prison system.
File photo dated 14-03-2020 of the Newcastle United sign outside St James’ Park. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 21, 2020. Amnesty International has written to the Premier League saying it “risks becoming a patsy” unless it takes a serious look at Saudi Arabia’s human rights record with regard to the takeover of Newcastle. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.” src=”https://california2025.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/39d352b0395ba768e18f042c6e2a8621-1.jpg” width=”300″ height=”180″ />