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Reuben Brothers Release Statement But The Premier League Has To Communicate Soon



The Reuben Brothers have joined Amanda Staveley in putting out a statement that they remain committed to the Saudi-backed takeover should it get revived. Amanda Staveley made her stance known almost immediately after a statement was released that the Saudis had backed out of the deal last week.

Here is the statement from Martin Cruddace, CEO of the Reuben Brothers’ Arena Racing Company, as published in The Chronicle:

“As owners of Gosforth Park and Newcastle Racecourse Arena companies we were very disappointed to learn that the bid to take over Newcastle football club had been withdrawn given our shareholders the Reuben Brothers were to be an integral part of the deal.

“We had many plans for our ventures and sport in the North East. We were planning on creating one of the premier sporting hubs in the UK, undertaking development work that is vital to the region and enjoying valuable synergies with the football club.

“We continue to hope that those exciting plans are not in vain. We would welcome any resurrection of talks and progress with the Premier League and are aware that the Reuben Brothers remain totally supportive of the deal should there be a way forward.”

While it’s a good gesture from the Reuben Brothers to affirm that they are on board with any resurrection of the Saudi-backed bid, it really changes very little currently.

The only way this deal can be salvaged is for the Saudis to get back on board. They will not do that without assurances from the Premier League that they have a chance of passing the owners’ and directors’ tests – and that they’ll get around to making a decision.

This seems unlikely right now as the league seemed all to content to just let the process linger for many more months without having to make a decision. While the Saudis have made mistakes in banning beIN Sports followed by appealing the WTO findings, the Premier League has seemed reluctant to tackle this situation head-on.

If Saudi Arabia’s recent actions have hindered the process then the Premier League should release a statement saying so. Otherwise, there’s no closure and the fans are left in limbo with what could be just another false dawn.

We bring you Exhibit A.

Right now, an independent review could be the best path forward as something seems very rotten in Denmark with the way the league has handled this takeover.

Note – here’s a petition to sign to get an independent review of the EPL Takeover process – please sign it – thanks.


152 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #1

    thepremierleaguearecurrupt#

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  • Barton

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #2

    4 days and auld hairy hands is yet to gloat and his side have been suspiciously quiet,just a thought.

    9
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Reflecting what Ed has said, it’s still annoying that the Saudis pulled out. And correct about the piracy too. We need the Saudis to keep the heat on the PL, not walk away and let Masters slink off on his hols. Ashley could help here aswell surely,by pressuring the PL as a club owner. Come on Mike do something right for once.

    9
  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #4

    63000 have now signed

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Demon alert, from wot i’ve been reading the arch demons BSIB and TDS are infecting the blog with differing viewpoints, seems to me that the blog cud do with an exorcism.

    burn the witches.com

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Barton maybe Keys is a classy kinda guy who isn’t gloating. There again…. 🙂

    1
  • TyneMouth

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #7

    There is a possibility that the Ruben Bros could do a ‘Glazers’ with NUFC.

    They have enough financial clout to raise the £283m to buy out Ashley, who has £17m already. Mandy could chip in a bit perhaps.

    The Rubens could then transfer the debt onto the club. Same as the Glazers did with Man U.

    Once they own NUFC, the Rubens can then encourage investors, Arab, Yankee, Chinese or 250,000 Geordies!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Who’da think it. Tge guy that replaced Blatter now under criminal investigation. Rotten to the core.

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  • jane

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #9

    “thepremierleaguearecurrupt#”

    just to point out this hasn’t been proven. i think the point of the efforts that are being undertaken is to find out if that is the case.

    Mund you are the leader (having disposed Jail) am i correct?

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  • The ledge

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Interesting that Arabnews broke the Reuben brothers news before Sky.

    From twitter .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Bloody spell check, changes thunk which I meant and leaves tge which I didn’t 🙄

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  • The ledge

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Alexa off off off ,volume down ,off off

    6
  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #13

    “janeisanirrelevantattentionseeker#”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #14

    The ledge,
    Sorry but I broke it before both of them 😀

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #15

    The misuss and I have managed to book 3 nights away with my son and granddaughter in exotic Felixstowe so will be absent from blog for a few days after tomorrow.

    Fully expect the petition to have passed the 100,000 by the time I get back so c’mon chaps put your backs into it!

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  • giimps

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #16

    In the immortal words of Mary Poppins ” Brown paper packages tied up with string , these are a few of their favorite things”, I hope the FBI find some dollars exchanging hands with the PL bosses too…..that would just be dandy

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #17

    It is strange to say this but Ashley could prove to be our saviour – is there not some kind of law that in this country if he wants to sell something that is his property and an outside organisation is preventing him that constitutes some kind of freedom of trade? It’s not like he’s trying to sell a drug plantation. Although given some of our addiction to the club there might be a case against that last comment.

    4
  • giimps

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Enjoy your time away EGB, hopefully we hear something positive before you return

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  • Mund

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Jane why? Do you need leading?

    Wait or should I just pull your lead and be done with you?

    5
  • jane

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #20

    “Family attractions, award-winning gardens, beautiful beaches, amazing history and heritage, speciality shopping and fantastic events.”

    http://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/

    2
  • geordietom

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #21

    whats the count now ? …

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #23

    I see that change.org have a petition to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with an elected upper house.

    Bloody good idea imo, the HOL is just an old boys club/retirement home for most of them, although there are a few worthy souls in there.

    5
  • giimps

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #24

    The problem isn’t Ashlie selling, it’s the consortium buying, if the PL block the club from playing in the PL they won’t have a league to play in…..is anyone aware of any other league in the world where the company running the league can restrict ownership (or do restrict ownership) or even have self created criteria that owners must pass in order to have a club in their league

    2
  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

    This my friends is all down to you, the powers that be, have seen your loyalty and APPROVE.

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  • jane

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #26

    it’s all down to Mund?

    2
  • giimps

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    EGB, I signed that one too…….toffee nosed old fuddy duddies, they just turn up to get paid and to get out of the house

    2
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    If I was Master’s, I would retire, get my £5Million retirement gift from the 20 member clubs and start a lucrative career teaching the art of filibuster.
    hashtagnicejobifyoucangetit

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Cheers Jane, we have been looking but the main problem is what is going to be open, something we’ll find out once we get there! 🙂

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  • Mund

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Jane what is your fascination with me? Is it because I proved pure Alexa wrong??

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  • The ledge

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail…. your the new itk .lol

    2
  • Mund

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Tom half way to 64K

    1
  • The ledge

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Alexa is infatuated with you mund.
    Ask her to sing you a song .

    1
  • geordietom

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #34

    HOW many people have voted ? …

    1
  • Mund

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #35

    The irony in jail becoming the next ITK is immense 😎

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  • geordietom

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #36

    cheers mund ….

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  • Mund

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Alexa play me a love song

    2
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib, you do make me laugh sometimes. You are undoubtedly the king of irony.
    post13, the latest of many. Please feel free to abuse me or put it in the grudge box for the next time I post something stupid. Shouldn’t be long.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 3, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Super Shearer

    If he drastically slashes the asking price.
    I might warm to this theory, but he won’t.

    This is his last chance of ever getting 300 million for the club and that’s why he’s desperate to sell.

    The only person he’s saving is himself.

    The economy is going to fall off a cliff in the coming months due to this covid shenanigans and he knows it.

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