Newcastle United are reportedly involved in a new Premier League group following a sponsorship row among top flight clubs.

The Newcastle takeover has completely rocked the world of football.

There have been lots of ethical and moral questions asked about the deal amid Saudi involvement – important questions that should be asked.

A lot of concern has come from Newcastle’s Premier League rivals, but their big issue seems to be the possibility of the Magpies climbing to the top of the division.

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Even before the deal was completed, there were reportedly complaints from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham. The ‘big six’ did not want another big player coming in and challenging them.

When the deal went through at the start of the month, the 19 other Premier League clubs reportedly demanded an emergency meeting, wanting answers as to why the takeover was suddenly approved.

And on October 18th, Premier League clubs voted 18-2 in favour of temporarily banning sponsorship deals between clubs and companies that they have a pre-existing business relationship with. Newcastle voted against it, while Manchester City abstained.


It seemed to be an explosive Premier League meeting, with Lee Charnley reportedly insisting that what the other clubs were doing was unlawful.

Now the Athletic report that a group has been set up by the Premier League to discuss the issue and report back to all 20 clubs. Each team won’t be represented in the group, but Newcastle will be.

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Compromise must be found over sponsorship row

It’s a debate that has enraged Toon fans, as other clubs look to stop the new owners from signing lucrative sponsorship deals to boost their spending power.

However, they’ve seemingly had no issue with Sports Direct sponsorship all over Newcastle in recent years. Apparently it’s only a problem when it could potentially threaten their seat at the table.

But in contrast, sponsorship deals should be reflective of the market. Clubs shouldn’t be able to just get a blank cheque and make as much money as they like from companies they’re involved in.

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But it’s not fair to ban it completely either. If a sponsorship deal’s value is fair, then why shouldn’t clubs be allowed to do business with affiliated companies? It works for Leicester and the King Power Stadium…

A compromise needs to be reached. Hopefully this Premier League group can help provide a solution, but right now some Toon fans are still furious at what their rivals are trying to do.

Newcastle fans are still furious about what their rivals are doing

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