Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah has revealed that Newcastle United are part of a 14-club WhatsApp group that “completely rejected” the European Super League.
Speaking on TV in the Middle East, the Blades chief also insists that the Premier League often side with the ‘big six’ and care about their views above all else – a statement that only backs up suggestions both Liverpool and Spurs lobbied against our Saudi-backed takeover last year.
Prince Abdullah claims that the WhatsApp group involving all clubs outside Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal consists of CEO’s from the ‘other 14’ – meaning Lee Charnley could well be the NUFC representative involved.
Here’s what the Sheffield United owner has had to say in a revealing interview:
“We have a What’s App group only for 14 teams without the big six. We had that last year.
“Because the five substitutions mattered and the big six will get the most benefit from that because of the benches they had compared to ours.
“It is just the CEOs.
“Yesterday 11 of us were discussing the recent events and they all completely rejected the European Super League.
“We are waiting on Wolves and Leicester, and I forget the third team.
“The day before we had the Premier League meeting and they all rejected the requests for punishments.”
“I have to remark about the Premier League they usually care about the big six opinions other than the 14.
“The known big six are Man United, Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
“First it is money, then popularity among fans.
“I guess that is the reason for sure (certain) money and popularity.”
Prince Abdullah then confirmed the 14 clubs involved were strongly against the ESL in this week’s meeting:
“It is a strong refusal.
“Because it will affect the Premier League and decrease the income in future regarding TV money.
“The big six would play with a secondary line-up.”