On 27 October 2020, supporters appearing below the NCSL (Newcastle Consortium Supporters Restricted) banner, issued a authorized letter earlier than motion to the Premier League concerning the (to this point…) failed Newcastle United takeover.
Followers Gordon Stein and Keith Patterson issued the letter on 27 October 2020 (see beneath) to the Premier League, ‘demanding Newcastle United takeover anti-competition disclosure’, giving them seven days to reply.
The general intention of the followers group is to problem the Premier League for breach of anti-competition regulation throughout the proposed takeover of NUFC this yr.
This Tuesday (17 November 2020) morning, NCSL confirmed they’d lastly acquired a ‘substantive’ 9 web page response to that authentic letter three weeks, stating through Twitter:
“We’ve acquired the EPL’s “substantive” 9-page response.
“Its now with our competitors staff led by Robert O’Donoghue, QC.
“We’ll announce our subsequent transfer in our dedication to progress this matter.
“Stand collectively as followers for solutions! UNITED we stay!”
That Twitter message was then adopted by an article showing on the Shields Gazette, after they’d been briefed by NCSL:
‘The Gazette can completely reveal the Premier League, in a letter to Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd, have formally confirmed Newcastle United are in authorized dispute with the governing physique with regards the stalled Public Funding Fund of Saudi Arabia, Reuben Brothers and PCP Capital Companions buyout of the soccer membership.
Whereas the authorized motion by Ashley and his distinguished Blackstone Chambers QCs Nick De Marco and Shaheed Fatima has been extensively speculated on, it has by no means been confirmed by the membership itself, nor by the Premier League – till now.
The affirmation is known to have angered many near the deal.
In an official assertion, NCSL confirmed to the Gazette:
“The Newcastle Consortium Supporters has acquired a reply from the EPL’s attorneys, Chicken & Chicken that has confirmed that the membership is at the moment in a authorized dispute with the EPL concerning the proposed acquisition, which can result in a duplication of the problems raised by the followers consortium. The EPL have mentioned it will due to this fact be untimely for us to convey our declare now. Nonetheless, the EPL haven’t mentioned who’s to find out these proceedings, nor when they are going to be decided. We, the followers, really feel we now have a proper to know and to be stored knowledgeable.”
The NCSL then commenting on Twitter later right this moment (Tuesday 17 November 2020) after that Defend Gazette article:
“The EPL launched contents of their letter and “confidence” over a authorized dispute with a followers group.
“We, as followers, are greater than assured within the final result of this motion.
“Why gesture towards our actions and stress your intent to gradual this down!
“Let a courtroom determine!”
As with the rest Newcastle United takeover associated, we hope for the perfect however fearing the worst.
Lots of chatter on social media amongst Newcastle fans concerning this NCSL initiative however so far as I’m involved, on the very least I can’t see the way it does any hurt. While at greatest, who is aware of? On the very least it’s inflicting the Premier League some trouble and good on the followers concerned for placing time, effort and little question cash into this. A number of the reporting of the fan initiative has been a bit embarrassing, making an attempt to get low cost clicks / consideration by making out that two plus two equals a takeover occurring, whereas in actuality, the try by followers to open up the Premier League on how they function and their choice making course of, is simply the very begin of doubtless resulting in something of substance method down the road, by way of a takeover ever truly occurring, probably…
The NCSL (Newcastle Consortium Supporters Restricted) assertion – 27 October 2020:
‘With out followers the sport is nothing! Once you watch video games in empty stadia they lack all the pieces that makes our English Premier League (EPL) the richest and most admired competitors in world soccer. Then after paying upwards of £100 a month for TV sport subscriptions the EPL come again and demand one other £14.95 per recreation to housebound followers. It appears they assume they’ll do as they please to soccer followers.
Typically throughout the worst instances we get to see the true colors of everybody. So, when decrease league golf equipment wanted help throughout this pandemic a few of our prime golf equipment confirmed their colors and supplied assist in their horrible ‘Large Image’ fantasy scheme. They supplied assist however at a terrific value. That value was to attempt to get “the large six” golf equipment in England to turn into even greater and shield their wealth over and above each different soccer membership in England.
The most important eye opener for Newcastle’s followers is that they tried to introduce a particular ruling of who may purchase every other English soccer membership. They wished to manage with whom they competed, and, who was allowed into their market place. We predict that’s unlawful. At this time we, a gaggle of Newcastle United followers, are making essentially the most decided transfer potential to overturn the refusal to rapidly approve the PIF Consortium’s takeover of our membership.
We’re actually united! A prepared vendor in Mike Ashley, a prepared purchaser within the PIF Consortium and a prepared fan base seeking to help this transfer. All of us need the identical factor. Our followers need this deal for our membership, and we all know we now have a really brief window to make that occur, because the PIF Consortium may lastly lose curiosity if we don’t act rapidly. Every little thing we now have heard means that the takeover may nonetheless happen however that point is of the essence.
At this time, we issued a Letter Earlier than Motion to the EPL regarding the takeover, a copy of which we’re making public. We think about that the approval was tainted by collusive actions between a collection of undertakings who ought to have been appearing independently, opposite to competitors regulation. To this finish, we now have labored with one of many UK’s very prime QC’s in Sport and Competitors Legislation in Robert O’Donoghue QC and we consider that solely a followers group will see this resolved inside a suitable brief time frame.
Our plan is to hunt most expedition of our case earlier than a specialist competitors regulation courtroom, the Competitors Enchantment Tribunal (CAT). The CAT is a specialist judicial physique with cross-disciplinary experience in regulation, which hears and decides circumstances involving competitors regulatory points. We’ve got requested the EPL and its members to cooperate in expediting this case as a result of urgency concerned.
The CAT is prepared to take care of pressing circumstances in a short time, with ends in a handful of months. We additionally very a lot hope that the UK courts will respect the urgency of listening to a case very a lot within the public’s curiosity the place extraordinary members of the UK public are taking over the wealth and may of the EPL and its members and others. This impacts soccer followers throughout our nation and the globe, not simply Newcastle followers.
We due to this fact await the EPL’s response as to how they are going to both withstand this motion in the event that they don’t have anything to cover, or whether or not they are going to search to delay and obfuscate.
The vendor, the customer and our followers all need to know precisely what’s going on inside the EPL and what impression collective lobbying and collusion has contributed to those unacceptable delays within the EPL’s refusal to rapidly approve the takeover of our membership. We need to perceive the true the explanation why the
EPL modified their strategy to this takeover after initially stating there have been no pink flags, after which engaged in extraordinary delaying ways. One of the simplest ways to check this, after all, is thru efficient disclosure of contemporaneous paperwork and proof, since solely that may reveal precisely what was occurring on the time, precisely the place these pink flags appeared from, and who raised them.’