Aston Villa votes to block Newcastle United sponsorship deals
Aston Villa have joined 17 of their Premier League rivals in passing legislation that will prevent new owners of Newcastle United from entering into major sponsorship deals through related party deals, it has been revealed.
According to the Guardian, an emergency meeting brought together the 20 top clubs to discuss the rule change that would end transactions involving pre-existing business relationships.
Newcastle and Manchester City were both opposed to the vote, with Magpies chief executive Lee Charnley insisting the move was “illegal” and anti-competitive.
However, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Villa all joined forces with the rest of the league as the vote passed at 18-2.
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The rule change will only be in effect for a month, but many Premier League sides are pushing for it to become permanent.
A working group will now be created to look at solutions and Newcastle has reportedly been invited to join.
The news comes after clubs spoke out on the Saudi-backed takeover last week, in which 19 clubs questioned why the controversial deal was signed.
Despite concerns over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, the Premier League has agreed to a consortium led by the Public Investment Fund to take control of a 305 million deal of pounds sterling.
However, the League released a statement claiming it had legally binding assurances that the state would not control St James’ Park.
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