Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has filed a lawsuit against the Premier League and says it’s time for dark forces to step aside regarding the club’s takeover.
Ashley claims the Premier League blocked the £300m deal last year and is seeking damages after the Saudi Arabian-backed deal collapsed.
He also claimed the league breached competition law by excluding new owners and new investment in clubs.
Ashley is seeking damages for loss of profit, or alternatively, opportunity and an injunction for the Premier League to reverse its decision about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being considered as a director of the club.
The Premier League has maintained it did not block the sale of Newcastle and offered arbitration over the disagreement with regard to who would run the club.
The consortium, led by Amanda Staveley, backed away from the deal in August 2020, but Ashley said he still hopes to sell the club to the same buyers.
The club is now seeking its own arbitration to settle its dispute with the Premier League as it seeks to push through a deal.
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By Ofhani Munyai