Simon Jordan has branded Amanda Staveley’s latest comments as ‘nonsense’ following her push to make the upcoming arbitration hearing play out in public.
The outspoken talkSPORT pundit insists the matter has nothing to do with the Government following her letters to Tracey Crouch and Oliver Dowden, stating her claims on Sky Sports News weren’t “steeped in any real fact”.
Jordan does agree with Staveley that transparency should be part and parcel of the arbitration process, but insists that she “****** well knows” that they are carried out behind closed doors, claiming that football clubs – including Newcastle – have previously voted for this.
Here’s what he’s had to say when speaking on talkSPORT this morning, which sees Jim White actually step in midway through to defend the Dubai-based businesswoman:
It may be correct that arbitration hearings are nearly always carried out in private, but Jordan fails to appreciate that this is exactly what she is trying to fight against – a point that Jim White makes in response to his latest rantings.
Here’s a reminder of what Amanda Staveley told Sky Sports last night:
“I am tenacious if nothing else.
“We believe this is very important for Newcastle and the fans and we’re not going to give up.
“We don’t ever give up.”
“I can absolutely sympathise with Mike’s position.
“He’s worked tirelessly to try and sell the club, he made a very public statement, I remember two years ago seeing him on Sky thinking ‘okay, there’s a real chance for us to buy Newcastle’.
“He said ‘I will sell the club, I need to have a buyer with deep pockets, it’s not really about the cash in my pockets, it’s about who will put the cash in Newcastle’s pockets’.
“So he’s done exactly what the fans urged him to do, but he can’t get there.
“I feel disappointed because I also said to him when we struck a legal deal in April last year, and here we are some 15 months later and we’re still not there.
“I understand his position.”
“I wrote a letter urging the government and football regulators to make sure that the issues around sporting governance and arbitration around sport be held in public,”
“We think that this is very important for fans, and particularly important for all those stakeholders in sport. Transparency is at the heart of our request, so transparency in sport is really what we’re trying to seek.
“I contacted both Oliver Dowden and Nigel Huddlestone, I sent a letter to them earlier this afternoon [Monday], we haven’t received a response but Tracey responded to us very quickly.
“We asked Mr Dowden to take the same issues I raised in the letter with Tracey to the government’s heart and we want to urge the government to add their voice to our request to the Premier League to have these processes maybe in public.
“We know nothing about the arbitration, we can’t be part of the arbitration and we don’t know what’s going on. By having it in a public forum we have a chance to understand what’s going on and how we deal with that.
“I don’t understand why there is an issue about transparency around all major businesses.
“I have to first of all say that I am a huge fan of the Premier League and naturally I am trying to become a part of that institution.
“We should be very proud of the Premier League, but with an institution which is as important to Britain and the UK, transparency around the decision that regulators make is important.
“We will never be able to see what goes on behind the scenes unless journalists and particularly the fans are able to really examine the materials held in these forums.”