Mike Ashley and Newcastle United are right to initiate a second legal action against the Premier League after the failed Saudi Arabia-backed takeover last year.
That is the view of ex-Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Ashley claimed “dark forces” prevented Newcastle from being a “powerhouse”.
The Guardian report the Newcastle owner released a statement this week after HMRC quietly discontinued a long-running investigation into the club’s tax affairs.
Ashley had already launched an arbitration case against the Premier League but has now launched separate action over anti-competition law with the aim of securing damages, interest and costs.
“It’s a case of Mike Ashley being desperate to sell and doing everything he can to get his money,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But I think he’s right, it does need to be investigated as to why.
“There is the golf super league with Saudi Arabia, we’ve seen all the boxing going on over there as well and other sports.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a reason why they weren’t allowed to take over.
“There’s no better time with all the issues surrounding the so-called ‘big six’ and those smaller clubs can say ‘Hang on a minute, how can you allow this to happen to these other clubs and let them spend what they want but you’re not letting us compete?’
“It isn’t really fair. It’s almost like it’s a monopoly on who can do what they want and spend what they want.”
Football Insider revealed in April the club are privately hopeful the Saudi-backed takeover will succeed 12 months after it was initially rejected.