United’s American owners announced in November they were exploring “strategic alternatives” for the club, which could result in an outright sale.
And last month British petrochemicals billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim placed revised bids to buy the club.
However, the Premier League have since announced they are tightening their rules and regulations on prospective owners and directors. The league has beefed its rules in an attempt to ban human rights abusers, corrupt individuals and violent criminals from owning a club.Of course, Qatar has come under criticism in recent years for issues related to human rights abuses and in turn, there was speculation Sheikh Jassim’s bid would be affected by the change in rules.
This is despite the Qatari having insisted that his bid is completely separate from the Gulf state and privately funded by his own Nine Two Foundation.