The SHOCKING Premier League threat to Newcastle United revealed in takeover legal battle

Newcastle United’s Competition Appeal Tribunal case this afternoon revealed the Premier League threatened the Magpies with expulsion of the competition over takeover wranglings.

The logo is pictured through a glass window at the headquarters of the English Premier League in London on March 13, 2020.

Newcastle United were threatened with expulsion from the Premier League over a takeover paperwork battle.

St James Holdings Limited (SJHL) representative Daniel Jowell revealed the top flight said United would be thrown out of their competition over an argument over an unsigned document in relation to lines of directorship. This formed a key part of skirmishes as SJHL lawyer Jowell went toe-to-toe with Adam Lewis QC, of the Premier League, in the Competition Appeal Tribunal case hearing.

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This hearing, which has adjourned, will decide whether the case should run, or should be dealt with, as the Premier League say, in a private arbitration as per their rulebook.

Proceedings ended at around 5pm on Wednesday, with no ruling given. Mr Justice Miles says a decision will be made in due course. There is no set timetable for the decision.

Speaking about Premier League threats, Jowell said: “Notwithstanding its threats, the Premier League hasn’t carried through its threat to stop the club from participating in the competition.”

It was also confirmed in the hearing by Jowell that the Newcastle CAT case against the top flight involves the argument that lobbying by Premier League rights-holder beIN Sports, and ‘other’ Premier League clubs, they believe, played a part in the skewed decision to stall, and ultimately knock back, the deal.

“At the time Premier League was reaching its decision, beIN was in the midst of negotiations with Premier League for another three-year rights deal,” said Jowell.

“It was very publicly reported at the time that beIN media group actively lobbied the Premier League against the takeover of Newcastle.”