Qatar's Bid to Buy Manchester United Raises Concerns in English Football

Qatar’s Bid to Buy Manchester United Raises Concerns in English Football

Manchester United, one of the most famous football clubs in the world, is up for sale for a price of £5 billion.

The Glazer family owns the club and is considering offers from potential buyers.

The interest in the sale has been prompted by Manchester United’s recent poor performance in the Premier League.

Only one interested party, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has publicly confirmed his interest.

There are expected to be between two and five bids for 100% of the club, with most sources predicting it will likely be towards the lower end.

However, Qatar’s investment authority could offer to buy the club.

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the Premier League should have updated its rules and that it has not met with the human rights group since October 2021.

If Manchester United is sold to Qatar, it would mean all of the key states on either side of the Gulf blockade – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates through Abu Dhabi – own a club in the Premier League, making the competition just another high-profile avenue for their political rivalry.

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