Three clubs including Man Utd leading anger against Saudi takeover of Newcastle

Manchester United are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs who are "most angry" with the Saudi-led £305million takeover of Newcastle United despite being addressed by league chief Richard Masters.

Amanda Staveley, PCP Capital Partners, Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia formed the consortium in 2020 and were successful in their plans following a change of heart from league bosses.

Mike Ashley agreed to sell up to the delight of supporters, but the move was initially blocked as Premier League chiefs worried about the possibility of a state running a member club.

However, they revealed in a statement last week that they had received "legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club".

This has been ridiculed by critics who question how this can be the case when Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs PIF.

That came after Saudi Arabia lifted their ban on beIN Sports in their country, which is said to have another key issue in their initial Premier League Owners' and Directors' Test failure.

Rival clubs have not been pleased with the manner of the takeover, with United, Tottenham and Everton said to have been left the most angry.

The Mail reports that those three clubs were the most vocal on a recent call in which Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and chairman Gary Hoffman addressed member clubs on the matter.

The call left out bosses from Newcastle.

The anger is said to have centred around increased competition for Champions League places, with Newcastle set to spend big in January and considering replacing Steve Bruce.

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It is added that not all clubs seemed annoyed, with some others expressing humour in relation to the attempted Big Six breakaway earlier in the year.

The Premier League statement on the matter reads: "The Premier League, Newcastle United Football Club and St James Holdings Limited have today settled the dispute over the takeover of the club by the consortium of PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.

"Following the completion of the Premier League's Owners' and Directors' Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect.

"The legal disputes concerned which entities would own and/or have the ability to control the club following the takeover.

"All parties have agreed the settlement is necessary to end the long uncertainty for fans over the club’s ownership.

"The Premier League has now received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club.

"All parties are pleased to have concluded this process which gives certainty and clarity to Newcastle United Football Club and their fans."

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