AHEAD OF THE GAME: Newcastle and Man City fear rivals ganging up on them over ownership… with huge upcoming meeting set to cause Premier League chief headaches

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  • Premier League clubs have united in one email on some ownership
  • Man City and newly sold Newcastle look set to be targeted by teammates
  • Clubs voted to ban sponsorships involving related parties
  • Meanwhile Man United’s pursuit of Calvin Phillips went back to last summer

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Newcastle and Manchester City are unhappy with being targeted by the rest of the Premier League after another club’s chief executive this week called for curbs on investments from companies especially from the Gulf.

sportsmail has learned that the clear geopolitical reference to funding from the field came in an email sent to other clubs ahead of an emergency Premier League meeting on Monday, which they called for a one-month ban on sponsorships involving the parties concerned. had voted for.

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Newcastle voted against the motion and City did not participate due to doubts as to whether the ban was legally enforceable and the speed at which the ban was being imposed.

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Newcastle ownership fears Premier League club will soon target them in upcoming meetings

The tone of some other correspondence between the clubs this week also raised eyebrows, notably the tendency to lump Newcastle and City together because of their ownership groups – Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi respectively.

The growing division has created a problem for the Premier League. While there has been a huge backlash against Newcastle’s £305 million purchase, the government has welcomed it.

The issue is likely to dominate next month’s meeting of 20 clubs, when chief executive Richard Masters is expected to call for unity.

United’s Calvin Plot

Manchester United have been planning to sign Calvin Phillips since last summer, when his decision to sell Daniel James to Leeds for just £24m was influenced by his desire to improve relations with his rivals.

United will not make a formal move for the England midfielder until the end of the season.

Phillips are expected to sign a new contract before then and it may be appropriate for all three parties to incorporate a release clause, which would give Leeds some protection in talks with United if they were to lose their long term. formalize the ongoing interest.

Manchester United have been plotting to sign England star Calvin Phillips since last summer

Manchester United have been plotting to sign England star Calvin Phillips since last summer

Jab rates are still going down

Vaccination rates among Premier League players remain below the national average for comparable ages, despite the situation improving in recent weeks.

The Premier League revealed this week that 68 per cent of players have been fully vaccinated – slightly less than the national picture for the 18- to 39-year-old at 70.6 per cent in the latest figures published by NHS England on Thursday.

trouble ahead

Newcastle could struggle to sign players during the January window as many of their rivals are pledging not to do business with the club before condemning them to relegation.

The fear of Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian owners turning the club into a powerhouse is such that many clubs are privately claiming they will not sell any players to them.

Newcastle are aware of the situation and are expected to focus on signing players from mid-range European clubs in January. Any deal with the Premier League club that happens will cost Newcastle a hefty premium.

Newcastle fans may still have to deal with the agony of their new rich side struggling to get players

Newcastle fans may still have to deal with the agony of their new rich side struggling to get players

EFL bids to bring back alcohol

The EFL is lobbying to allow fans to drink alcohol in the stands in all divisions from championships through.

Former sports minister Tracy Crouch is expected to recommend a pilot plan in League Two in a fan-led review next month that would allow them to drink in their seats while watching a game for the first time since 1985.

The EFL welcomes the review, arguing that a blanket alcohol ban is not proportionate to the level of risk. This will boost revenue at a time when many clubs have been hit hard – although contrary to previous reports, there is no official watch list of clubs facing bankruptcy. The EFL regularly reports financial issues to its Board.

hewitt on the ball

Incoming FA president Debbie Hewitt has started scheduling meetings with fellow board members from next month, despite not starting her new role until January.

Hewitt, who will become the FA’s first female president, will tackle issues including government reform, the Wembley Stadium ban and the UK’s bid for the 2030 World Cup.

Debbie Hewitt begins scheduling meetings with fellow board members from next month

Debbie Hewitt begins scheduling meetings with fellow board members from next month

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