Premier League urges government not to delay fans’ safe return to stadiums

Premier League urges government not to delay fans’ safe return to stadiums

"The Premier League was disappointed and surprised by the Newcastle United Football Club statement regarding its potential takeover by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF)", a statement read.

"Newcastle has accused the Premier League's leadership of acting inappropriately in rejecting a takeover bid involving a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund and said it would be considering all relevant options available".

The Premier League has already lost £630m in broadcasting income over the last few months and total losses could reach £1.25billion if fans are unable to attend matches all season, a major financial hit which has led several top-flight clubs to implement significant redundancy and cost-cutting measures.

Newcastle released a statement on Wednesday that said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters had blocked the takeover and did not "act appropriately".

The league wanted clarification of the links between PIF and the Saudi state.

Newcastle have criticised the Premier League for rejecting a takeover bid from a Saudi-backed consortium, questioning whether they behaved "appropriately".

"Therefore, Premier League clubs will defer holding test events until a sufficient number of fans are allowed back to enable thorough trials to take place".

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But the Premier League delivered a strongly worded response on Thursday that made it clear it had not pulled the plug on the deal. That opinion is based on legal advice. "They would then be subject to a suitability assessment by the board".

PCP Capital Partners' offer to buy out current owner Ashley, which was majority-funded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, was withdrawn at the end of July with the governing body still conducting its owners' and directors' test.

The league maintained decisions on Newcastle have been agreed to unanimously by all board members and not one individual after the club singled out league Chief Executive Richard Masters for criticism.

Newcastle's announcement about the takeover being rejected came ahead of the team's season opener against West Ham on Saturday.

"We acknowledge yesterday's statement", said Charnley.

Masters had said that he understood why fans were frustrated with the lack of information through the process but said that it was a tricky balancing act for the league.

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