An arbitrator has dropped some insight on the chair taking on Newcastle United’s upcoming takeover case against the Premier League, via The Chronicle.
The Lowdown: Arbitration looming
The arbitration proceedings between the St. James’ Park faithful and the Premier League over the failed deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium is set to take place in the coming months.
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The chief executive of Sports Direct has also launched a separate anti-competition lawsuit against the English top flight with regards to their decision-making process in the failure of the bid.
The Latest: Beloff insight
Michael Beloff is set to chair the panel that will take on the arbitration hearing between the Magpies and the Premier League, and Jeffrey Benz, who is an arbitrator who has sat on a number of arbitration panels with Beloff, has dropped some insight on him ahead of the case.
Speaking to The Chronicle, he said with regards to Beloff that he is a ‘very practical and contextual thinker’, and is ‘widely considered’ to be the ‘dean of the modern international sports law bar’.
Beloff has also been ‘known to be persuaded’, and has ‘copious experience running successful arbitration proceedings’.
The Verdict: Newcastle must win Beloff over
Given that he is the chair of the arbitration panel, the Toon must win Beloff over to have any hope of winning their case.
A positive result for the North East club would be a big step in the right direction in terms of trying to push the proposed takeover through, and Beloff will very much have a big say on whether that can happen.
Although the timing of the hearing is certainly not ideal, given that the summer transfer window has already begun and the new 2021/22 season is set to start in August, the Tyneside club will no doubt want the proceedings done as quickly as possible so that they can be best prepared for any potential acceleration in the takeover process.
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