Mehrdad Ghodoussi has accused the Premier League of two things in a strong tweet related to the potential takeover of Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Claims background
Mike Ashley has launched two separate claims against the Premier League – the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) lawsuit over the decision-making process in nixing the deal between him and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium; and the arbitration case, which is set to take place this month.
Earlier this week, the Tyneside club released a statement on their official website requesting for the upcoming arbitration process to be made public, but this is only possible if the Premier League also agree to it as otherwise it will remain behind closed doors.
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They also claimed in the statement that they have ‘nothing to hide’ in terms of the process, and even suggested that the Premier League should have ‘no reason to be afraid of the public spotlight’, providing that they have acted ‘lawfully and properly’.
Liam Kennedy, a football journalist for The Shields Gazette who has been following the latest takeover developments closely, has also claimed that the league’s attempts to have the CAT case thrown out ‘seem to have failed’, while the push for a private hearing, and more delays, ‘goes on’.
The Latest: Ghodoussi tweets
Ghodoussi, who is the husband of Amanda Staveley, the businesswoman and head of PCP Capital Partners part of the takeover consortium, has since accused the Premier League of ‘delay tactics’ and ‘zero transparency’ in a strongly-worded tweet.
He also pleaded that ‘fans deserve better’ and called for MP and former Sports minister Tracey Crouch to look into their actions.
The Verdict: Premier League should follow suit
The Premier League should really be following suit in terms of calling for the forthcoming arbitration process to be made public, as they too should have ‘nothing to hide’.
It certainly seems suspicious why they would not want it to be public if they were so confident of getting a positive result in the hearing, and it just shows the supreme confidence that Ashley has of the proceedings going in his favour.
Ghodoussi is right – it seems as if the Premier League are using delay tactics, and keeping the arbitration process private certainly does not give the transparency that the Toon Army are craving.
The arbitration case is certainly setting up to be an intriguing one, and a positive result for Ashley could well speed up the takeover process.
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