Henry Winter has slammed the reply from the Premier League to the statement released by Newcastle United on the proposed takeover by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) Group.
Indeed, the statement that was released by the Tyneside club was rather brutal, as it claimed that the conclusion reached to reject the £300m takeover bid by the Saudi-led consortium based on the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) set out by England’s highest division had been reached, despite the Magpies providing overwhelming evidence and legal opinions that PIF is independent and autonomous of the KSA government.
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The statement went on to claim that the club and its owners do not accept that the EPL and its chief executive Richard Masters have acted appropriately in relation to the matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them.
As per the tweet from The Times journalist, the reply from the Premier League was that it was “disappointed and surprised” by the statement from NUFC and also claimed that Newcastle’s assertion that the EPL has rejected the takeover is “incorrect.”
In response to the statement from the Premier League, Winter exclaimed “what a mess” with regards to the whole dispute between the EPL and the club and also branded it as “embarrassing.”
Premier League hits back at Mike Ashley and bidders for #nufc and defends Richard Masters. What a mess. Season about to start, country in grip of pandemic, fans unable to get to games, and the suits are squabbling. Embarrassing. Only winners are the lawyers. pic.twitter.com/54aNoF9bqb
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 10, 2020
Indeed, the Premier League could now be taken to court by the club if they wish to dispute how the prospective takeover was handled, and it looks as if the whole saga is not over just yet.
Who exactly would win the legal battle is another question, but it looks as if it may be the only way to settle the matter once and for all.
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