A journalist has dropped a stunning update on the potential takeover of Newcastle United involving the ‘Big Six’.
The Lowdown: Ashley launches legal bid
Mike Ashley has told his legal team to take the Premier League to the high court over what the St. James’ Park faithful believe to be anti-competitive behaviour in their takeover decision-making process, as per The Shields Gazette.
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It is understood the top flight were given fresh case legal papers in April, as Ashley looks to force them to put through the deal originally agreed with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
The Latest: ‘Big Six’ may be involved
In what journalist Ross Gregory describes as a ‘stunning development’ in his latest piece for NationalWorld, the so-called ‘Big Six’ (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur), may be forced to hand over evidence of their involvement in the breakdown of the takeover bid launched by the Saudi consortium.
The North East club’s legal team believe that these clubs may have put pressure on the division over the proposed deal, and thus want any documents to do with them and the takeover to be disclosed.
The Verdict: Documents may be significant
Any documents involving the ‘Big Six’ and the takeover bid may well turn out to be significant if any evidence is found of them influencing the PL over their decision.
If this evidence is proved to be what Ashley is hoping for, then the Tyneside club have a very good chance of winning their legal battle – the top flight won’t have a leg to stand on if it turns out they decided the results of the Owners’ and Directors’ Test under pressure from other clubs.
This would of course help speed up the whole takeover process, and perhaps Toon fans may still get what they are dreaming of this summer.
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