Independent football mediator to advise Premier League to make Newcastle United takeover statement

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The Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) will advise the Premier League to issue a statement on the collapse of the Newcastle United takeover to explain “how the case was handled”.The IFO was created by the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League to investigate complaints that have not been resolved by these bodies.

After Amanda Staveley, the Saudi public investment fund and the Reuben brothers withdrew their offer to buy Newcastle on Thursday, due to the “protracted process under current circumstances coupled with global uncertainty”, a number of Magpies supporters have contacted the IFO.

The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust presented the email that Professor Derek Fraser, the Ombudsman, sent to supporters who had contacted IFO as the Premier League continues to remain silent on the matter.

“I sympathize with you and other Newcastle United supporters on the issue of ownership and the recent withdrawal of the club’s offer to buy,” writes Professor Fraser.

“As you know the change of ownership of a large club is a complex issue and you will also be aware that football authorities have been criticized for some previous failures in controlling new owners.

“It follows that the Premier League had to do their due diligence thoroughly. It is now clear that it was not easy and unfortunately there was a delay, which led to a lot of frustration among the fans.

“While acknowledging your disappointment with the result, I must inform you that neither the ownership of clubs nor the operation of the Owners and Administrators test falls within the purview of the IFO.

“Resolving the takeover issue was clearly the Premier League’s responsibility and you will need to pursue your concerns with the league.

“I understand that the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust have asked the Premier League to issue a statement to the fans explaining how the case has been handled. It seems like a reasonable request and I will advise the Premier League accordingly.

“I am sorry that I cannot help you further and can only advise you to consider contacting your MP and the DCMS Minister of Sports. ”

Amanda Staveley spoke on the phone with Alex Hurst, the president of NUST, this weekend and the trust saw a big increase in membership and received hundreds of emails with commentary on what to do before to contact the Premier League.

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Despite a number of requests from ChronicleLive in recent days, the Premier League declined to comment.

You can join NUST here.

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