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Sheikh Jassim believes new Owners’ and Directors’ Test will not affect his Man United takeover

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani believes the new Owners’ and Directors’ Test will have no impact on his offer to buy Manchester United, reports the BBC.

Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to make some changes to the test at a meeting yesterday.

Individuals or companies under the sanctions of the United Kingdom government will no longer be allowed to become owners and directors.

Being found guilty of human rights abuses will also rule anyone out.

Qatar were criticised for their treatment of migrant workers ahead of the World Cup last year.

Homosexual acts are illegal and punishable by death in the country.

As a result, human rights and LGBTQ+ groups have frowned at Sheikh Jassim’s bid to own the Red Devils.

However, the chairman of the Qatar Islamic Bank reckons nothing should block his offer since he made the bid as a private individual.

Sheikh Jassim has stressed his separation from those ruling his country throughout the bidding process.

Close links with them would have ruled him out of buying Man United due to UEFA rules.

Paris Saint-Germain are owned by Qatar Sports Investments, a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority – the state-run sovereign-wealth fund.

UEFA do not allow clubs under the same ownership to compete in any of their competitions.

Sheikh Jassim quickly established that he has no links with QSI a few weeks ago, which has now come in handy.

He tabled a revised bid to buy the Old Trafford club last week after his team met with the club representatives.

However, it remains to be seen whether it is close to the £6 billion the Glazers are asking to sell Man United.

The Raine Group could name a preferred bidder or demand a third round of offers.

Sheikh Jassim is directly competing with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Thomas Zilliacus to buy the club.