Premier League clubs have filed a complaint with the Premier League following the approval of a £305 million takeover of Newcastle United by a Saudi Arabian-backed entity.
Clubs are said to be dissatisfied with how the arrangement passed the tests of the owners and directors.
Questions were also raised about why they had not been informed following the shocking news on Wednesday.
Concerns have also been raised about the league’s image being tainted by Saudi Arabian owners. A number of human rights issues are associated with the kingdom.
Clubs have demanded a meeting with the Premier League, which had previously stated that the takeover process would be kept confidential.
The Premier League’s other 19 clubs are furious at the Premier League’s board, believing they should have been kept informed about such a major issue.
The clubs also believe that they should have been notified of the changes in order for the contract to proceed before it was finalized.
In accepting the takeover on Thursday, the Premier League stated that it had obtained legal guarantees from the new owners that the Saudi state would not have control over Newcastle United, and that if this was proven, there would be consequences.
According to the source, the clubs are also concerned that Saudi Arabia’s PIF, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, purchasing an 80 percent stake in Newcastle will “harm” the league’s brand.
On Thursday, Amnesty International urged the Premier League to change its owner and director tests to address human rights concerns. discover more
Human rights groups have criticized Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “sportswash” its human rights record, while the kingdom’s administration denies any violations and claims to be protecting national security from extremists and external actors.