Transparency and accountability in football
We hope this letter finds you well and in good spirits.
We appreciate that as Prime Minister you’re busy and have got a lot on at the minute, however we would hope that investment in the Northeast may be something that you could assist us with.
It wasn’t long ago that you were comparing parts of the Premier League to a cartel, and we think most Newcastle United (NUFC) fans would agree that the behaviour adopted by the owners of some clubs has fallen short of their, and our, expectations as fans and lovers of the beautiful game.
Interesting that the Premier League’s (PL) owners and directors’ tests aren’t often mentioned in the same way as the formation of the European Super League (ESL) but clearly, if they are designed to protect clubs and their fans, then they should protect the league and its interests. In the way that the footballing fanbase did over the ESL and we all appreciated your swift and forthright intervention on this matter. It would have killed competition in football and as we as a country rally from defeat with a view to coming back stronger it is the Northeast which is calling on your assistance.
As we’re sure you are aware, NUFC is currently going through an arbitration with the PL in relation to a proposed takeover. The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia is one of the consortium members who have indicated significant investment in the Northeast should this takeover go through.
Significant investment in line with the governments Build Back Better and levelling up agendas which could reinvigorate the Northeast economy and positively impact millions of people in the region.
What you may not know is that the PL told our supporters Trust they aspired to be more transparent with fans. Our club has asked the PL for the arbitration to be transparent and in public and yet the PL have not responded. They haven’t responded to recent letters from MPs, Oliver Dowden’s call in his Twitter video or the Independent Football Ombudsman’s latest concerns that NUFC fans’ calls for transparency are wholly legitimate.
In the absence of a real regulatory body, we have written to MPs, the FA and have contributed to Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review.
And now Mr Prime Minister we are asking for your support to intervene and compel the Premier League to act in a transparent way, for the benefit of Newcastle United, their fans and for football as a whole.