- The Premier League is seeking legal advice on the ban on some sponsorship deals
- Eighteen out of 20 top-flight clubs voted in favor of a four-week ban
- The league wants to find out if the ban can be made permanent.
- The ban was agreed upon after the takeover of Newcastle by a Saudi-funded consortium.
The Premier League is seeking legal advice on whether the temporary ban on clubs agreeing to sponsorship deals with companies linked to their owners could be made permanent as anger over the fighting caused by the Saudi-funded takeover of Newcastle Is.
Eighteen of the 20 top-flight clubs voted in favor of a four-week ban at an emergency meeting on Monday, with Newcastle voting and Manchester City abstaining.
Newcastle are understood to be considering seeking an injunction to block the measure, introduced earlier this month in response to the £305million takeover of the club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, while City Its validity has also been questioned.
But the other 18 clubs are determined to restrict Newcastle’s spending power and have asked the Premier League to refine the rule change to ensure it is legally enforceable.
Newcastle president Yasser Al-Rumayen and part-owner Amanda Stavli at Sunday’s game
League chief Richard Masters has faced pressure from clubs angered by the takeover
The Newcastle takeover has spelled a real crisis for the Premier League executive, who is caught between angry clubs seeking regulation to stem a Saudi-funded spending spree and a government that is trying to push the deal forward. was effective in increasing
A working group is being set up to further examine possible rule changes, and Newcastle has been invited.
The Premier League’s next shareholders’ meeting is due on November 11, when they can vote to make the ban permanent.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman-led group completed £305m acquisition of Newcastle last week
City’s decision to stay away on Monday was based on legal advice that restricting commercial deals could be considered anti-competitive, as well as concerns about the speed of the decision and the ruling of the Premier League.
The club’s stadium, training ground and shirts are all sponsored by Etihad, the Abu Dhabi national airline controlled by their owners.
Meanwhile, BBC Sport has come under criticism over its coverage of the takeover of Newcastle, with the corporation being criticized by lawmakers at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee meeting for undermining human rights issues involving the Saudi owners. Of.
BBC pundit and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was ousted after talking positively about the acquisition.
Asked by Julian Knight MP whether Shearer’s take on the new owners of Newcastle was justified, BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: ‘Allen was not shy about human rights issues, but he did as a fan of the club. Also talked (about) would mean more investment potential.’