The latest stage of the Newcastle takeover saga takes place on Wednesday September 29th, with the CAT case hearing set to begin.
This is a preliminary hearing, where the Premier League will argue why the case should be thrown out.
Afterwards, a decision will be made by the panel as to whether or not the case will happen. According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, the Premier League will appeal the decision if it goes against them.
A win for Newcastle would be a huge boost to their takeover hopes, although it doesn’t necessarily mean that a deal will happen. But the case going ahead would certainly be a positive for the club, the fans and the wannabe owners.
And Newcastle World’s Liam Kennedy has explained why the CAT case is believed to be so important.
CAT case shows Newcastle have nothing to hide over takeover
Kennedy has stated that it is believed that the confidentiality surrounding arbitration is hindering its progress. That’s why the CAT case is important, as it will allow for a more ‘open and honest conversation’ in public.
The club believe they have nothing to hide. That’s why they have previously called for transparency and asked the Premier League to allow the arbitration hearing to be held in public.
It wasn’t, and instead it was delayed until 2022. This was due to ‘issues with disclosure of evidence’. Ashley reportedly expects to win that case.
While a win for Newcastle in the jurisdiction of evidence won’t hand Amanda Staveley the keys to the club, it is certainly a step in the right direction. Even if the Premier League do appeal, it is a step in the right direction.
If the case goes against Newcastle, it will severely dent Ashley’s hopes of selling the club.