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Opinion – Premier League Now Playing Favorites With Takeovers – And Not Abiding By Their Own Rules

Let me vent for one or two more articles as I try to get over what seems to be the Premier League having purposely prevented the Staveley consortium from buying Newcastle.

I have to get it out of my system what seems to be a huge kick in the behind for every Newcastle fan around the world.

We should now be the richest club in the world, but the Premier League didn’t want that to happen.

Amanda Staveley was very distraught when the PIF pulled the plug on her deal to try to buy Newcastle.

So what happened is the the PL delayed and delayed and delayed and delayed – an obvious strategy.

But the positive news is that there’s a chance, a small chance, that the deal could be resurrected, but the Premier League seems to have played hardball all the way through this.

They were obviously hoping the longer it went on the consortium would eventually give up and get them off the hook.

They didn’t have to even make a decision and specifically point to why the bid failed their owners’ and directors’ test.

The shameful PL CEO Richard Masters

The news is that Liverpool and Tottenham were two of the Premier League clubs badgering the league not to let the deal go through.

And so, after 16 weeks in their owners’ and directors’ test, the PIF finally got sick of being asked to jump through so many hoops.

But it’s also shameful because it would appear the consortium didn’t fail any of the current owners’ and directors’ tests so the PL looked to other (devious) ways not to OK the deal.

That’s a disgrace and of course, could only happen to Newcastle.

It’s in our DNA that things are always difficult.

If that’s not true, then it’s a good way to get over the very severe hurt and disappointment the Premier League have put our fans through for four very long months.

It’s shameful.

Premier League CEO Rochard Masters comes out of this looking very weak and timid.

It appears he bowed to the pressures of those people and organizations who didn’t want the deal to happen, rather than doing his job.

Now we’ll watch very carefully for the next Premier League club in a takeover and how they fly through the test – even if Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un is the majority owner.

It’s going to take some time to get over this – so please cut me some slack.

And I hope the deal may be resurrected – but with Ms. Staveley rightly blasting the Premier League, that has to be unlikely.

We’re devastated about this – but life goes on, or so they tell me.


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20 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Damn Jane you caught me out
    I just snatched the figure out of the air

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Masters seems to have let his own political views interrupt our sale

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    This is the guy who arranged the BLM stuff, while ignoring their own anti racism activities
    Saying it wasn’t political
    Why didn’t they mention kick it out once ?

    It simply didn’t suit this guys political views

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    “Now we’ll watch very carefully for the next Premier League club in a takeover and how they fly through the test – even if Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un is the majority owner.”

    Well, if Lebedev can get a peerage…

  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s not just football where the vested interest card is played.

    Saracens have been relegated due to point deductions due to breaching salary guidelines yet here their former CEO is influencing decisions that would ultimately benefit and protect their position in a restructured franchised style Premiership cartel.

    Coming soon to a football league near you.
    Wonder how Masters and co will protect Villa’s tenuous position pending enquiry into their accountancy practices. A points deduction of 12 or more points at the start of the season may be on the cards as per the Sheffield Wednesday situation.

    A plan to ring-fence the English Premiership and create a draft system of young players is being considered by the Rugby Football Union.
    Former Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has proposed a complete rebranding of the Championship.
    The second-tier would be split into two conferences – one for the north and one for the south.

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    This is the stuff hes getting involved in

    Premier League looking at ‘clinical passports’ for fans – Masters


    He wants to ude football to somehow force people into vaccinations ?
    As much as i think its a good idea this guys getting involved in stuff thats neck deep in politics
    Dont they have a policy of not getting involved in politics ?

  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    they all sit at the same table and want their peerages
    creepy stuff

  • woodsee

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    All these smug Scousers and spurs fans don’t realise is all they’ve done is pave the way for Saudis to take over man u in a couple of years time,and of course this time it will fly through

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Richards been in the job for less than a year
    Hes allowed politics in to football and seems to want to get involved in the global pandemic now

  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Have a close read


    Clive Betts expressed some strong opinions as the moral merits of the NUFC takeover by the Saudi Group.

    Moral compass anyone ?

  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Comment #2
    just a minute

    All for some Norwegian investment. Numero Uno is good.
    Good people.
    Beers are expensive.
    Dried fish is an acquired taste
    but that apart lets talk to them
    Many of us are probably descended from the Vikings – but wait Masters would use that to block a deal, unless we have DNA testing to show that we are not going to raid the English south lands with our pointy sword things.

  • G

    Aug 1, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Moral compass? Nice one Lochinvar. Needed a good laugh for a few days.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 1, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14


    Yeah take the point, however, these days it’s amost impossible to keep anything under wraps as soon as someone posts something at companies house, even if totally false.

    It’s just the gut wrenching thought that this was our one and only big chance gone forever. Saudis will go off to la liga, ligue 1, or Italy and those very grateful leagues will welcome them with open arms and not subject them to 4 months of nonsense. More gutting as some people have suggested they will come back in for Manu down the line when Masters has been fired and the PL need a cash reboot.

  • Kev26

    Aug 1, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    I am as gutted as everyone else this has fallen through. The Saudis haven’t helped themselves banning beIN. Why not wait until the deal was done or not bother at all. Maybe they did it because they had stopped the piracy and then nothing happened with approval. What makes me laugh is I can get beIN sports via various apps and watch NUFC away matches so the PL can’t even stop piracy in our country never mind anywhere else. Morons all of them

  • curmon

    Aug 1, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Dr Ed

    Putin is the owner of Chelsea, he instructed Abramovich to buy CFC to promote Russia’s interests in the west.

    This is fact from C Belton’s book Putins People published a couple of months ago.

    That takeover should have failed the O & D test , Why didn’t it ?

  • nufc 11

    Aug 1, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Why isn’t a mass protest outside PL HQ not being organised? Covid 19 or not 20k nufc fans outside Monday morning would make headlines worldwide, it would turn the pressure on Masters to give the answers and be more accountable. Seems the fans are taking this one lying down lads.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 1, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Registered Office
    The Premier League
    Brunel Building
    57 North Wharf Road

    I’m game, I’d gladly miss work to be there making a show of them like they have done of us.

  • ArtyH

    Aug 1, 2020 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Worth thinking about: If the Saudis now turned to a European team and the deal was done and in good time, how would this go down with our government and the P/L? An area like Newcastle promised investment by the Saudis but denied by an unregulated rabble known as the P/L, how will that play out? Who will be held to account and what punishment will be leveled? Or will it all be swept under the carpet in traditional British fashion? We must all pull together on this issue and make sure the P/L cannot get away with this injustice, we must contact our M.P’s and sign the petition for action against the P/L! From what I have read, only Ashley has been informed of the withdrawal not the P/L, is this a ploy? Its the hope that kills you, I’m suffering from Stockholm syndrome now…….

  • NUFCmagpie

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #20

    yea, the premier league looks weak because they didn’t have the balls to just deny the deal

    Am I the only person who thinks its GOOD that this deal didn’t go through? I love Newcastle United and it would’ve made me sick if the team was owned by the Saudi’s. MBS is a murderer and runs one of the most oppressive governments in the world. I’m HAPPY this deal didn’t go through. hopefully not Mike Ashley can sell to someone who ISN’T a criminal who kidnaps and murders people


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