The petition asking for a independent investigation into the EPL’s takeover process has now reached over 100,000 signatures, with pressure mounting on the Premier League to offer communication and clarity to fans as a result.
Now, the Daily Mail are suggesting that Sky are ready to clip Graves’ wings and force him to silence his support for the takeover on social media.
Sky pays the Premier League over £1bn a year to broadcast football in the UK, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out exactly why they would ask the Toon fan to stay quiet.
If these reports are true, then it proves that pressure is beginning to mount on the Premier League – and they don’t like it. The Toon Army have cast a wave of internet spam on the top flight and it’s sponsors over the last 10 days, and rightfully so, in the fight-back against 17 weeks of unnecessary delays.
Graves having a genuine, passionate opinion about his club that is currently in turmoil would surely make for compelling viewing on Sky Sports News. A counter-argument would be to prevent bias, and it seems to me that the post he shared above does little other than state facts!
The Chronicle’s poll recently suggested that 95% of NUFC supporters believe the Premier League needs to make a statement and give answers on the dire situation. That’s an overwhelming majority.
Would it be fans of other clubs, such as Liverpool and Spurs? That sounds comical but from what Staveley said in The Athletic last week, it could be plausible.
The likely scenario is that they do not want to upset the apple cart or bite the hand that feeds them, the Premier League itself – a brand they have been closely associated with since its inception in 1992.
As a fanbase, we should stand behind Pete Graves and his right to have an opinion on his own football club.