Football: English Premier League rejects Newcastle claim over Saudi bid

MANCHESTER – The English Premier League has rejected Newcastle United's claim that they had turned down a takeover bid from a Saudi consortium saying the suggestion is incorrect.

Newcastle said on Wednesday (Sept 9) that the Premier League had rejected the bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF).

The Premier League had never stated that they had rejected the bid and the consortium itself stated in July that it had "withdrawn" the proposal, citing the lengthy process.

"The club and its owners do not accept that Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and the Premier League have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them," said the club statement.

But the league responded on Thursday saying they were "disappointed and surprised" at the club's statement.

"The club's assertion that the Premier League has rejected the takeover is incorrect," the league said in their statement.

"The Premier League Board has, on a number of occasions, given its opinion about which entities it believes would have control over the club should the consortium proceed with the acquisition. That opinion is based on legal advice.

"This means the potential takeover could proceed to the next stage should the relevant entities provide all appropriate information. They would then be subject to a suitability assessment by the Board. As an alternative, the Board has repeatedly offered independent arbitration as a way forward since June.

"It is also incorrect to suggest these decisions were taken by any individual; they were agreed unanimously by all Premier League Board members," concluded the league.

Masters said on Wednesday that the process of evaluating takeover bids was being evaluated.

The review of the 'Owners and Directors Test', previously known as the 'Fit and Proper Persons' test, was already underway before the Newcastle case, which had prompted criticism from the club and their fans.

The Premier League, along with the Football League (EFL), had committed to a review of the rules and procedure following the Read More – Source