There is a mountain to climb for Newcastle, Staveley and Ashley in the arbitration proceedings – but The Premier League should be worried about the Competition Appeals Tribunal

25 August 2021

Mike Ashley
Photo: Alamy Mike Ashley when he arrived at Portcullis House in Westminster back in June 2016 where he appeared before the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.

While the delayed arbitration case between Newcastle and The Premier League is private and behind closed doors, the tribunal might try to convince the parties to release the entire award.

Historically arbitration disputes are viewed as being favourable to the governing bodies, but one expert says that the current process is seen as much fairer considering how the panel of arbiters are appointed.

Proving the claims that the Premier League bent to pressure put upon them by a big club, to block this takeover, won’t be easy for Newcastle.

Legal expert says that it's not enough to convince the arbitration panel that the Premier League’s decision was wrong.

”They need to be able to look at it and come to the conclusion that the decision was so unreasonable that it shouldn't have been made.”

Experts who spoke to Off The Pitch can agree on two things. Firstly, that the arbitration case between Newcastle and the Premier League is a unique situation of interest to all football fans and secondly, that we might never find out what happens.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Premier League dispute settlement.

This saga began in 2020, when Mike Ashley entered negotiations to sell his shares in Newcastle United to a consortium led by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley and backed financially by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).

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