Amanda Staveley’s husband, Jamie Reuben, Mike Ashley’s QC and And & Dec have all gone public in their support after a new report was released today suggesting the first move of legal action has been taken against the Premier League following the ‘failed’ Saudi takeover.
An exclusive from the Shields Gazette this morning revealed that ‘Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd’ – a company set up by supporters Gordon Stein and Keith Patterson – have formally started legal proceedings against the Premier League, claiming the owners’ and directors’ test process went against UK anti-competition law.
The piece by Liam Kennedy explains that the pair have hired Robert O’Donoghue, one of the UK’s top QC’s in sport and competition law, to challenge the top flights lack of decision on the grounds of prohibiting fair competition – suggesting there may be someone funding this
They have reportedly already issued a ‘Letter of Action’ directly to the Premier League – a formal legal document where a claimant gives the opposing party knowledge that court action is about to begin.
Support for the news has been unanimous from all areas, with some key figureheads in the takeover plot endorsing the move on social media.
Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Amanda Staveley’s husband, has enthusiastically shared the piece. As has Jamie Reuben – who was set to be a board members should the takeover go through – and Mike Ashley’s own sports lawyer Nick De Marco, leading some conspiracy theorists to believe that there is more to this that meets the eye.
Ant and Dec have even go involved in sharing the report – which could also be telling given they given arguably the North-East’s biggest influencers.
Are the consortium behind this? For now, that remains speculation, but any move to tackle the Premier League and try to get this deal ‘over the line’ will have my full support.
However, it is hard to see what two fans hiring a lawyer to take on Masters and Co can achieve. If the Saudis, the Reubens, and Staveley are chipping away behind the scenes then this news is unbelievable. But, until we hear anything of any real substance, any fan theory is currently just hearsay.
Let’s hope this is a start!