Serie A chief fires back at Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley amid Inter/PIF links
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Serie A chief fires back at Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley amid Inter/PIF links

Comments from Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley have caused a commotion in Italy.

The 48-year-old spoke to the media last week following the appointment of Eddie Howe, and commented on speculation about buying other clubs.

There had been rumours that PIF want to invest in Inter Milan, both before and after the Newcastle United takeover.

And Staveley confirmed that there were talks with the Serie A giants, as well as their rivals AC.

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“We talked to Inter Milan, AC [Milan], but the problem was the structure of the league was a mess,” she told the Telegraph.

Now Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino has hit back at Staveley.

Are Newcastle a small car?

“We have eight foreign owners, seven American and one Chinese who believed in Serie A & that there is potential for growth,” Dal Pino told Sport MediaSet.

“If Ms Staveley preferred to invest in Newcastle over Inter or Milan, you can see that she likes small cars and not F1 cars.”

Tell us what you really think Paolo…

It seems as though Dal Pino has been rattled by Staveley’s more than valid points.

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The Chinese-owned club mentioned by Dal Pino are Inter, who were reportedly facing financial crisis back in May…

Yes, the two Milan clubs are giants. They are F1 cars compared to Newcastle, if you want to use a vehicular metaphor.

But the small car has potential for growth, and could become an F1 car with the right investment. Meanwhile, the F1 cars of Milan will remain as they are.

For reference, the Newcastle takeover cost the consortium £305million.

It was reported earlier in the year that PIF could invest €300million in Inter Milan and wouldn’t own the entire club. That would only get them 30%.

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So for around the same price, they have a whole football club that competes in the most lucrative league in the world.

The Newcastle takeover has caused a shockwave across the world of football, and Staveley doesn’t appear to be making any friends.

But that’s alright, because the small car of Newcastle United is ready for a long journey, and after a couple of delays it starts on Saturday against Brentford.