Premier League could be questioned by parliament about Newcastle takeover, says Lee Ryder

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The city of Newcastle is not a happy place to be at the moment.

The north east is a region where football is a massive part of the culture, which means that when things aren't going well it has a big impact.

With recent events at St James' Park, it's no surprise that supporters are feeling pretty low.

Last week saw the agreed £300million takeover from Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-backed consortium fall through, with the buying party withdrawing their interest.

They cited 'the prolonged process under the current circumstances coupled with global uncertainty' as the main reason.

This comes after the Premier League took 17 weeks to assess the deal as part of their owners' and directors' test - a process which still hasn't delivered an outcome.

While the deal is off the table, supporters are calling for the league to speak out on the issue to provide clarity over what the reason was for such an unprecedented delay.

That is yet to happen, and according to Chronicle Live's Lee Ryder, it may be parliament that get the first opportunity to quiz the Premier League's chief executive Richard Masters.

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Speaking on the Everything Is Black And White Podcast, Ryder said: “Richard Masters has been, throughout it all, probed and prodded by various parliamentary bodies, but certainly they won’t speak to the press.

“For me, I think when we do hear something more concrete [why the Staveley bid was withdrawn], it will be on one of these parliamentary commission situations where he can’t not answer questions.

“As far as the media are concerned, he’s got ways of getting out of it by saying ‘confidential’, but he needs to be in a room where he’s getting asked by MPs and he’s got to provide those answers, and that’s probably when we’ll hear next – but when that will be, nobody knows at the moment.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Newcastle United supporters need some clarity.

While I understand that this is a particularly messy situation with the Premier League in dispute with Saudi Arabia over the BeIN Sport issue, I still think that fans deserve more.

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Even if some aspects of the deal are bound by confidentiality, there needs to be some form of communication to say what has been going on for the last 17 weeks.

Fans are now convinced that the Premier League has a hidden agenda - and while I'm sure that's inaccurate, they need to respond in order to silence the critics.

If that can happen then surely the Newcastle fans will have the closure that they need.

Attention can then turn to the new season and the inevitable speculation over what is next for the Tynesiders.

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