Some Newcastle fans react as Mike Ashley accuses Premier League of blocking takeover
Some Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media after Mike Ashley accused the Premier League of blocking the collapsed Saudi-led takeover.
Ashley, via the Daily Mail, believes the Premier League have acted in the interest of ‘certain clubs’ and has stepped up his legal battle by filling an anti-competition lawsuit.
The Sports Direct tycoon had agreed to sell the St. James’ Park natives for £300million last year, but feels the Premier League have restricted competition between clubs by preventing a deal from being concluded in their role as a gatekeeper.
Court documents reveal that Ashley claims the Premier League ‘failed’ to adhere to the rules of the owners and directors test in a ‘non-discriminatory fashion’, and knew that their actions would ‘prevent and/or delay’ the takeover.
Ashley hopes to receive financial gains for the damages caused by the collapse of the takeover, and is keen to see an injunction introduced that forces the Premier League to reconsider or withdraw their decision to block a Saudi-led buyout.
Prior reports by Chronicle Live had claimed that Ashley is still confident a deal for Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers to purchase Newcastle is achievable following an arbitration hearing, set for this summer (Daily Mail).
Here’s how these Newcastle fans reacted to Ashley’s claims of the Premier League standing in the way of PIF taking over their club…
— DoddsySnr (@doddsy_snr) May 7, 2021
The biggest dark force preventing NUFC being a powerhouse right now is Mike Ashley.
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) May 6, 2021
… he does realise he’s one of the dark forces stopping us too, right? He’s like Jabba trying to push us into the mouth of that sand monster thing while taking pot shots at the empire
— Stagnating NUFC (@StagnatingNUFC) May 6, 2021
I’d like to believe Ashley, but… didn’t he say we’d be the best as he took over himself?.. then put his high St shops first, with club funds
— mickclark6441 (@mickclark6441) May 6, 2021
He’s spot on. Masters only cares about the “big six” while the other 14 can do one as far as he’s concerned.
— James (@JamesOnTheMic1) May 6, 2021
He’s bang on here
— Seán Murphy (@themurph36) May 6, 2021
He wants his 300m more than anything lucky for us
— Dell 💦 (@agbnufc_) May 6, 2021
This must be the first time in 14 years I’ve been rooting for him. It feels strange
— Si (@coopermatic) May 6, 2021