Aston Villa join ‘angry’ Premier League clubs as demand is made over Newcastle United deal
Aston Villa and their Premier League rivals are said to be “united in opposition” over the takeover of Newcastle United as the deal continues to be surrounded by controversy.
The Guardian reports that 19 Premier League clubs are said to be angry with the deal which received the green light from top chiefs on Thursday.
They are now reportedly demanding an emergency meeting with the Premier League to get answers on the lack of notice and what has changed to get the deal done.
The Saudi-led takeover has been criticized by Amnesty International because of the state’s human rights record, although the Premier League says it has legally binding assurances that the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” will not be not in control.
And there are fears that their involvement in the richest league in the world could hurt the brand.
READ: Man Utd star Jesse Lingard gave Aston Villa a lifeline for transfer
READ: Jordan reveals his ‘concern’ for Sawiris and Edens after Newcastle buyout
The Guardian reports: “Clubs have expressed concern that the Premier League brand could be damaged by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) taking an 80% stake in Newcastle, although the eyebrows are raised considering the identity of other owners in the division.
“The deal has been heavily criticized by human rights groups, especially since the PIF – the state’s sovereign wealth fund – is overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
It is claimed that the clubs only found out that the Newcastle deal was going to take place through the media on Wednesday before receiving official confirmation on Thursday evening.
Newcastle are now considered the richest club in the world with owners estimated at around £ 320bn.
This overshadows Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, who is valued at £ 22bn.
READ MORE: Aston Villa fans furious at glaring mistake after Newcastle United deal as huge blow confirmed
READ MORE: ‘Frustrating’ – Aston Villa handed Leon Bailey injury verdict