LISTEN: Saudi Sportswashing and an Israeli Reporter’s Qatari Dilemma

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A Newcastle United supporter outside the team's stadium following news of a takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.
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A Newcastle United supporter outside the team's stadium following news of a takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.Credit: Reuters
haaretz-weekend
Haaretz Weekend

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer and Uzi Dann to discuss the Saudi Arabian takeover of a English Premier League football team, which has drawn allegations of sportwashing.

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We ask: Is there an ethical way for a supporter to follow his or her favorite team? Should a country like Saudi Arabia be allowed to own a sports franchise? And should an Israeli reporter attend next year's World Cup, which is due to be held in Qatar.

We also ask why Israeli soccer stadia are still bastions of racism and xenophobia, and whether attend a game is tantamount to endorsing such views. 

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