Newcastle United's takeover saga continues as we enter another weekend without a resolution.

Frustration is building for supporters at a process that was originally reported to take around a month. It is now nine weeks since it began and that vacuum has been filled by reports of possible complications and also of action taken by those who oppose it.

These are a few of Saturday's top headlines.

Opponents making their voices heard

The Financial Times carried a report about the Manchester City UEFA case, which was a fascinating long read and framed the decision as one that will have consequences for the way Middle Eastern owners deal with sport.

It also reported that the decision will have an impact on the Newcastle's takeover.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the brother of the Manchester City owner, is a friend of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the suggestion is there could be similar approaches if the United takeover is completed.

Saudi Arabia branding may be added to the Newcastle shirt, according to a source in the buyers.

It also reported that there had been "intense" lobbying of the Premier League to block the deal.

"This stipulation has led to the organisation being subject to intense lobbying from opponents of the deal. This includes beIN sport, the Doha-based broadcaster owned by Nasser Al-Khelaifi who is also president of French club PSG. The TV network has been hit by a wider political dispute that erupted in 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE and two other Gulf allies cut diplomatic and transport links to Qatar," it reported.

"Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, has had meetings with beIN executives in recent weeks, according to two people familiar with the discussions, who argued the Saudi state should be blocked from acquiring Newcastle because of alleged involvement in beoutQ, a pirate network that has unlawfully streamed content from beIN including English football matches. Saudi Arabia denies involvement."

There was also talk of another letter written by politicians to urge the Government to scrutinise the takeover.

16 MPs and peers - including Labour leader Neil Kinnock and Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley - have written to the Government to ask them to look into efforts to "sportswash" human rights abuses.

Fifa Ethics and Regulations Watch are behind the group, which want the Premier League's owners and directors test to be tightened up.

Dialogue between would-be buyers and NUFC hierarchy

We also reported on the latest developments on the takeover in our weekly Notebook, with dialogue reported between would-be owners and the current hierarchy.

We wrote: "Newcastle United's prospective buyers are maintaining a watching brief on club affairs as the protracted owners and directors tests goes past two months.

"Although all sides are now staying tight-lipped given it's at such a delicate stage, it's understood that there has been contact and dialogue between the current hierarchy and would-be owners on contract matters and other significant issues regularly. The hugely controversial season ticket silence is partly down to the uncertainty over who will own the club in the weeks ahead."

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