Mehrdad Ghodoussi has given his reaction to the recent statement released by Newcastle United with regards to the upcoming takeover arbitration case.
The Lowdown: Takeover statement
As per a statement released by the official website of the Tyneside club, the St. James’ Park faithful believe that the forthcoming arbitration process should be made public.
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However, this can only happen if the Premier League agree, otherwise the process will remain confidential.
The Magpies also claimed that they have ‘nothing to hide’ with regards to the case, and suggested that the top flight should have ‘no reason to be afraid of the public spotlight’, providing that they have acted ‘lawfully and properly’, and therefore should be vying for the process to be made public too.
The Latest: Ghodoussi reacts
Ghodoussi, who is the husband of Amanda Staveley, the businesswoman and head of PCP Capital partners part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium looking to buy the North East club, has since given his reaction to the statement.
He tweeted: ‘“Transparency” is what all football fans deserve’, directly quoting the statement.
The Verdict: Interesting
It is certainly an interesting post from Ghodoussi as it suggests that he is completely on side with Toon fans in terms of the lack of transparency from the top flight, and perhaps also implies he still thinks there’s a chance things can get done – why else would he still be commenting on the matter?
Of course, if the arbitration hearing remains confidential, then any transparency for the public eye would be dented, and Ghodoussi is simply heaping more pressure on the league to open things up.
He, like his wife and the rest of the consortium, will be desperate to gain a positive result out of the arbitration proceedings, as it should be able to help speed up the takeover process, and in theory could lead to its swift completion.
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