Former Newcastle United player Didi Hamann has claimed that the Premier League are 'not living up to their responsibility to society' after they rubberstamped the controversial takeover over of the Magpies.

A Saudi-Arabian backed consortium completed its purchase of Premier League club last week.

Fourteen months after Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) withdrew a £305million bid to buy the club from owner Mike Ashley following the Premier League's failure to give regulatory approval, a deal involving the PIF as part of a consortium was approved.

In the wake of the takeover, human right groups condemned Saudi Arabia's efforts to "sportswash" its human rights record and Amnesty International urged the Premier League to change its owners' and directors' test to address human rights issues.

Speaking on RTÉ television, Hamann claimed that the owners and directors test does not work and insisted that the Premier League should be doing more in cases such as this.

"I was very surprised how enthusiastically some of my former team-mates welcomed the news that a consortium led by the Saudis bought the club," he said.

"To me the Premier League, as long as someone comes along and puts oil into the fire and invests more money into the league, it’s welcome.

"The Premier League has a ‘fit and proper person test’ and clearly that process doesn’t work.

"What I don’t understand is that the Premier League is the most watched league in the world, it has got a responsibility towards society and I don’t think they live up to that responsibility at the moment."