By Frank McAvennie

30th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit brands Premier League a 'disgrace' after Newcastle takeover update

Frank McAvennie has slammed the Premier League after they were alleged to have threatened Newcastle with expulsion.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest Toon takeover news.

On Wednesday, a tribunal heard (via The Telegraph) Newcastle were threatened with expulsion from the Premier League over their Saudi-led takeover.

Wednesday was the first day of a Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) case brought by Mike Ashley over the league’s role in the collapse of the takeover.

The takeover attempt has been ongoing for more than 18 months but reached an impasse last summer.

The CAT case is just one of two legal battles Ashley is fighting over the takeover.

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McAvennie has blasted the Premier League for their alleged threats.

“It’s ridiculous they would say that,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Why would they clamp down that hard on that? They can’t just kick clubs out of the league. They can’t do that.

“I’m sure they can threaten it but there is so much legality in kicking someone out. I don’t know if they can.

“I’m glad it sounds like this will all be done soon because the Newcastle fans need answers.

“We need to know what happened and why this has taken so long. It’s a disgrace from the Premier League.”

Newcastle are yet to pick up a win in the Premier League this season.

They are next in action against Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

In other news, a winner has been named in Newcastle’s hunt for an in-demand midfielder.