A number of constituents have sent correspondence over the last few days regarding Newcastle United and the ownership of the club.
I fully appreciate that many supporters were hoping that the proposed takeover involving Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund would go ahead particularly after the lengthy negotiations. I understand that the bid was considered by the Premier League in accordance with its procedures but that it was withdrawn by those behind it.
This is not a matter for the Government as any sale has to be agreed between the interested parties. Nevertheless, I have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media & Sport and the Chief Executive of the Premier League to share the concerns of Newcastle fans and to seek answers on what has happened.
The Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) has advised Premier League to make Newcastle United takeover statement.
I will update my Facebook page and website when I have received the appropriate responses.