Kenny 'wowed' after 'unbelievable' Newcastle takeover revelation
The Premier League “overstepped the mark” when they threatened to expel Newcastle United from the competition.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest developments at St. James’ Park.
The club is at loggerheads with the Premier League over 2020’s failed takeover attempt by a consortium led by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
The two parties clashed at the Competition Appeals Tribunal on 29 September, the first of two major legal battles.
Representing Mike Ashley, as quoted by BBC Sport, Daniel Jowell QC said the Premier League threatened to “stop the club participating in the competition”.
Kenny insists there would have been “hell to pay” if the Premier League had carried through on their extraordinary threat.
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“They’ve overstepped the mark,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“You would be punishing the players that are there, the fans, the staff. It isn’t their fault what’s going on with the legal stuff.
“At the end of the day, if it meant they had to keep hold of Mike Ashley to stay in the Premier League, I’m sure the fans would want that.
“I didn’t like this one at all when I first heard about it. I just thought, wow, I can’t believe it’s actually being talked about.
“There will be hell to pay if they carry through with that.”
The CAT hearing has opened the door for Ashley to push through the deal as long as alleged links to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can be disproved.
The arbitration process is set for 3 January 2022.