New takeover pressure piled on Premier League as Chi Onwurah reveals Parliament plans

Chi Onwurah has confirmed she’ll launch an official petition in Parliament next month, calling for accountability and clarity from the Premier League over the failed Newcastle takeover.

The Labour MP consistently attempts to get justice for the Newcastle faithful, having written a letter to Richard Masters in the last week. The reply, whilst not what fans were hoping for, gave us our first piece of real communication on the current takeover status following the consortium’s reluctant decision to ‘withdraw’ their bid.

She now launches an official petition in a bid to gain total ‘transparency’ of the entire takeover process, which she’s set to present to the House of Commons next month in a bid to put the Premier League under more pressure to explain themselves:

The petition will declare, on behalf of Newcastle United fans that…

  • “Football is an important part of a city’s cultural identity and economy”
  • “That football fans have little say in their club owners”
  • “That football ownership is determined by the Premier Leagues Owners & Directors Tests”
  • “That the Premier League do not provide updates to supporters about the progress of takeover bids
  • “That Premier League due process is opaque; further that the Premier League are not accountable to football supporters”
  • “That the Premier League have failed to engage with fans”’
  • “That there are concerns Premier League inactivity led to the collapse of the recent Newcastle United takeover”

Onwurah’s petition, which you can sign HERE, will force Parliament to review the way in which the recent takeover bid was handled by the Premier League. This will hopefully give Newcastle fans some clarity over why the takeover was ultimately unsuccessful.

The petition also carries a lot of weight because it is an official Government petition and will be taken directly to Parliament. As a result, we must assume that the fans questions will finally be answered.

Hopefully, this petition can gain as much media attention as the last, putting serious, formal pressure on Parliament and the Premier League – giving the fans the answers that they deserve.

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5 thoughts on “New takeover pressure piled on Premier League as Chi Onwurah reveals Parliament plans

  1. Has anyone else seen Demba Ba’s comments on the issues facing the Uighur Chinese? If so, how come Southampton, West Brom and Wolves all have Chinese owners and there were no issues raised about Chinese ownership and interference from state control in their takeovers (and the Govt is now chucking out Huawei as we can’t trust the Chinese apparently)? Mezit Osil was castigated for raising this issue but Arsenal distanced themselves from him: could it be because at the moment China is the biggest PL market …. just asking the question…. What’s the definition of hypocrisy?!

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  2. Well done Chi. I have signed your petition. The way the Premier League have dealt with this takeover attempt leaves a lot of unanswered questions and fans have an uneasy feeling that outside influences have had an affect on a takeover decision.

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  3. Yet Ashley is at the helm. Free and loan players order of the day. Compounded by an aging squad and a motivation to better 17th finish. Any business would hang back wait for relegation and offer 50m.

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  4. “The Labour MP consistently attempts to get justice for the Newcastle faithful,” – that’s just blatant ignorance. The Labour MP only surfaces any time she thinks she can scrape together a few more votes by climbing in with the mob, usually against Ashley but having a go at the EPL should raise her local profile a bit .

    “That the Premier League do not provide updates to supporters about the progress of takeover bids – that’s pretty much what happens in a CONFIDENTIAL process

    “That Premier League due process is opaque; further that the Premier League are not accountable to football supporters” – again CONFIDENTIAL PROCESS – followed by where does it say that the Premier League are accountable to the fans?

    “That the Premier League have failed to engage with fans” – where does it say they should?

    Seems to me that the fans get a bit uppity when things don’t go their way.
    Has all the symptoms of a blizzard.

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  5. How the f–k is she,it’s because of people like you the pl and master bates get away with whatever they want to do with no repercussions.

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