Kieran Maguire: 'I feel uneasy' as Newcastle unfairly 'targeted' by Leeds chief Radrizzani in new storm
Newcastle United are being unfairly “targeted” in the current debate surrounding financial fair play regulations.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about profit and sustainability controls in the Premier League.
As quoted by BBC Sport on 14 October, Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani called for spending regulations to be more diligently enforced.
The Premier League must “maintain competitiveness and fair play for everybody,” the sports broadcasting tycoon demanded.
Newcastle’s £305million takeover by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund has thrust them into the frontline of the FFP conversation.
But Maguire is “uneasy” about what he perceives to be a disproportionate emphasis on the Magpies when it comes to FFP.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Ultimately, the profit and sustainability rules are determined by a minimum of 14 clubs.
“That’s the voting criteria, and if the rules are tightened, it will impact on an awful lot of the clubs.
“So I would say be careful what you wish for. There are a lot of other ambitious clubs in the Premier League besides Newcastle.
“You then have other clubs who enjoy the flexibility of the current rules to try and ensure they can stay in the division.
“It does appear that everything is being targeted at Newcastle. That makes me feel uneasy.
“Their commercial income is far lower than the likes of Man United and that puts them at a disadvantage. Is that fair? It’s a glass ceiling.”