Mills can't believe threat aimed at Newcastle after takeover twist
Danny Mills can’t believe the latest Newcastle United takeover twist.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender delivered his verdict after it was revealed the Premier League threatened to expel Newcastle over the Saudi-backed takeover.
As per BBC Sport on 29 September, Daniel Jowell QC revealed that the Premier League had threatened to boot Newcastle out of the competition.
Jowell is working on behalf of the northeast giants and insisted the Premier League had “abused its position” to try and block the PCP Capital Partners takeover.
A preliminary hearing to a Competition Appeal Tribunal was called between Newcastle and the Premier League this week.
It is trying to determine whether the Premier League broke anti-competition laws when it stopped the takeover last May.
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“I think that threatening Newcastle like that is a little bit strange,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I’m not quite sure why they would go down that route. Is it the Premier League come out and trying to cover their won back? It still really hasn’t come out why the deal did not go through.
“We’re still bemused by the issue around it, what was the problem around it?
“I just wonder is it the Premier League getting out there in front of it, more than anything else.”
The next stage of the legal challenge against the Premier League is set for the beginning of the new year.
Independent arbitrators should finally decide whether the PCP consortium are able to force through a buyout.