George Caulkin has revealed Newcastle United’s motive for their potential legal battle with the Premier League over the apparent rejection of the proposed £300m takeover at St James’ Park by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group.
“I am told that what this [potential legal challenge] is about is trying to force an actual decision from the Premier League.
“If they have a rejection, if they have a formal rejection, then they can appeal it, and they can do something about it.”
George Caulkin: “I am told that what this [potential legal challenge] is about is trying to force an actual decision from the Premier League.
“If they have a rejection, if they have a formal rejection, then they can appeal it, and they can do something about it.” #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 17, 2020
Indeed, the EPL and its chief executive Richard Masters would likely be pushed in a court of law into giving reasons as to why exactly they would reject the bid; and if they officially decide to formally reject it, then Caulkin claims that the pending court case would enable the Tyneside club to do something about it.
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There have been question marks as to whether the Middle Eastern crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), who was due to hold a majority 80% stake in the club with his country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), should go through the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) set out by the EPL and its CEO to determine whether he is a fit and proper person to take ownership of NUFC.
There are plenty of other disputes between Newcastle and the EPL that a court case will seemingly have to settle as the potential legal battle gathers pace.
Who would come out on top in this case is another question but, for now, Caulkin believes that NUFC want the legal challenge to try and get a final decision out of the EPL.
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