With frustration building among fans, players, United Head Coach Steve Bruce and the buying and selling parties, the Newcastle takeover continues to rumble on.
It has been 13 weeks since the Owners and Directors tests started and the situation has left the club “in limbo”.
After Alan Shearer and Bruce called for a resolution, fans launched a petition that gained thousands of signatures in a few hours.
Here are the Newcastle takeover headlines from June 29 .
Takeover hits the WTO again
The geopolitical aspect of the Newcastle takeover was emphasised by the fact that the deal was part of documents considered by the World Trade Organisation as Saudi Arabia lodged a dispute with the global trade body over their ruling on intellectual property rights.
The Saudis have argued there was a “breach of confidentiality” and blamed Qatar for leaking information about the ruling to the Guardian and Financial Times, who ran stories linking the ruling to hold ups with the Newcastle deal. In documents lodged the day after the original ruling, the The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation says it “is adamant that no WTO Member should bear the burden of harm to its legal, economic and reputational interests” of a breach of confidentiality.
Based on information from the buying side and documents filed, it would appear that Saudi Arabia are partly blaming “leaks” for harming the deal.
Qatar issued a detailed rebuttal and then over the weekend accused Saudi Arabia of not understanding the ramifications of the original ruling, or complying with it.
The WTO were hearing the dispute late on Monday with no indication when they will reach a finding. That this is even part of a Newcastle United round-up illustrates just how far this saga has diverted from football.
Mike Ashley’s response as player delegation asks for takeover clarity
Jamaal Lascelles has reportedly spoken to Mike Ashley in an attempt to get “clarity” for the rest of the Newcastle United squad.
Simon Bird’s exclusive in the Mirror reports that Ashley’s response was “that he wants to sell up, an agreement is signed with broker Amanda Staveley, and he is now powerless in the process and waiting for the Premier League to rule on the Saudi funded deal.”
He reports that the Ashley camp are worried that the longer it goes without being passed, the less likely it will get passed and that the piracy issue is “difficult to unblock”.
The full report is here.
United takeover petition gains thousands of signatures as fans push for resolution
Frustrated United fans launched a petition to push the Premier League for clarity over the takeover which surpassed 5,000 signatures in a couple of hours.
The petition implored Richard Masters, the CEO of the Premier League, to make a decision after 13 weeks of deliberations and it proved popular online as thousands added their names to the Change.org petition.
It comes after Alan Shearer and Steve Bruce both called for a conclusion to the long-running saga as Newcastle have been left in limbo.