The Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd (NCSL) have backed up a reveal by The Shields Gazette to do with the proposed £300m takeover of Newcastle United by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium.
As per the news outlet, the St. James’ Park faithful believe that they have handed over legal proof which shows that the KSA’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is separate from the Saudi state and have thus satisfied the requirements of the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT).
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PIF briefs have also reportedly told England’s highest division that they could prove the separation in the summer by sending over documentary evidence that is written in Saudi law, however, those requests have not been followed up as of yet.
In response to a discussion after the reveal by the Gazette, the NCSL tweeted that ‘it’s done’ in terms of the ODT showing proof that evidence has already been submitted to legally show that PIF is a separate entity from the Saudi state, but explained that this information has not yet been shown in the public domain.
The bid’s still there! It’s there as soon as this ODT is in the public domain showing proof that evidence has already been submitted to legally demonstrate that PIF is a separate entity! It’s done but they won’t allow public scrutiny. As govt told them-keep it out of the press!
— Newcastle Consortium Supporters (@NCSL1892) December 9, 2020
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If the legal proof shows that PIF are separate from the Saudi state, therefore, allowing them to pass a key aspect of the top flight’s ODT, then the prospective deal between Mike Ashley and the KSA group may well be back on track.
However, an arbitration hearing may well be needed to settle the legal battle once and for all, but this report, if true, is certainly a step in the right direction.
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