UEFA has been urged by a human rights group to block any bid from potential Qatari investors for the ownership of Manchester United.
The Red Devils are currently up for sale as the Glazers look to finally relinquish control of the prominent football club. This has struck up many rumours regarding new potential investors with a host of names being mentioned.
Seemingly the most likely investor will come from Qatar with reports that a bid from the middle-east is being prepared. This has struck up concerns that the same group who retain ownership of Paris Saint Germain will seek to invest in the Manchester club.
But according to reports from the Daily Mail, the Qatar Investment Authority which is helping to prepare the bid is separate from the group that currently owns PSG.
In an aim to stop the bid, a human rights group named ‘FairSquare’, wrote a letter to UEFA urging the committee to block the bid.
“A basic study of Qatar’s political and economic system amply demonstrates the impossibility of any Qatari consortium proving itself independent of state influence, and thus separate from the ownership of PSG.” Reads the letter which was published in The Athletic.
“Freedom House’s World Freedom Index classifies Qatar as ‘not free’, and it’s most recent assessment is highly critical of Qatar’s record on the rule of law, corruption and political participation: ‘Qatar’s hereditary emir holds all executive and legislative authority and ultimately controls the judiciary.'”