Whelan blasts Liverpool and Man City hypocrisy after 'disrespectful' Newcastle takeover twist
The Premier League’s expulsion threat to Newcastle United shows a “lack of respect” to the club, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, slammed top flight officials for their hypocrisy after the Magpies’ takeover was blocked last year.
Wednesday (September 29th) saw the start of a Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) case brought by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
As per The Telegraph, Newcastle’s representatives alleged the Premier League threatened the club with expulsion from the top-flight after the takeover attempt.
The tribunal also brought news that the arbitration case will begin in January.
The proceedings will decide whether the Saudi state will be directly involved in the running of the club.
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Whelan believes the Premier League have shown a “lack of respect and professionalism” with their stance on the buyout.
“It’s definitely a threat, I don’t think it should be done that way by the Premier League,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“They didn’t take this action when it came to Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea (over the Super League).
“So why now for Newcastle? It’s very harsh, and it’s a threat Newcastle don’t want.
“I don’t think it’s the right way to go about things, it shows a lack of respect and professionalism to the club.
“These types of things show that there’s a problem between the Premier League and Mike Ashley.
“Where do Newcastle go from here? How do they sort this out and get taken over?”
On the pitch, Newcastle have struggled at the start of the new Premier League campaign.
The Tyneside club are yet to record a league win this term.