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A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on Thursday, despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented a “sportswashing” of the Gulf kingdom’s human rights record.

The Premier League said it had settled the legal disputes that initially stalled the £300 million ($408 million) takeover and received “legally binding assurances” that the Saudi Arabian government would not control the club.

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