The Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd (NCSL) have demanded answers from Boris Johnson over the failed £300m takeover of Newcastle United by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
Details of a letter written to the Prime Minister by the NCSL have been relayed by The Chronicle, which in most cases was strongly-worded and was followed up by a list of questions that they wanted Mr. Johnson to answer with regards to the failed deal between Mike Ashley and the KSA consortium:
“Naturally the North-east public would be very interested in what you have planned and how you hope to expedite this and make it a matter of public interest as it affects so many in our region.
“Not just those spending a considerable portion of their disposable incomes in supporting their club, but those hoping for new jobs, businesses looking for investment and new opportunities, and the general welfare of an entire region for what is estimated to generate a ten-figure cash injection from the PCP Consortium!
“How on earth, post-Brexit, can the UK Government not support such an investment or at the very least bring this hugely important matter into the public domain to remove any doubt over discriminatory actions in assessing it, is beyond our understanding or thinking Boris.
“We have the support to host a meeting with the intent of demonstrating the anti-competitive behaviour and the deliberate procrastination in resolving this dispute, along with the refusal to accept information at the EPL in a deliberate attempt to run the clock down.
“I am happy to facilitate a meeting between Nick de Marco, Shaheed Fatima both QC’s from Blackstone Chambers alongside competition support from Robert O’Donoghue and Daniel Jowell both QCs from Brickcourt Chambers.
“I’m told the fans will campaign at every opportunity, in a Covid compliant manner, but are looking to repeat the Jarrow March of 1936 – the last time the people of the north felt sufficiently wronged by Government, they undertook a collective action with their feet.”
What does this mean for the Newcastle takeover?
With the added pressure to seek clarity on the failed bid, Johnson may well be expected to reply to the letter with some answers to the questions that were put forward to him by the NCSL.
Is the KSA takeover of Newcastle over?
Whether he would provide any more transparency is up in the air until the group receive a reply from him, but the PM could certainly add some more clarity on the situation.
The legal disputes between the Tyneside club and the Premier League may well have to be settled in an arbitration hearing in front of a judge, but a date for that has not been set as of yet and things have perhaps been further complicated by the changes of tiers from the government in some areas as a result of the increase in positive cases of the global pandemic across the country.
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