Fuming clubs call for Premier League chiefs to QUIT amid row over Newcastle’s controversial Saudi takeover

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FUMING club chiefs have called on Premier League bigwigs to QUIT over the Newcastle buyout.

There is growing anger over the way the Saudi-backed £300million takeover was OK’d in a matter of hours last week without clubs being given any prior warning.

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Mohammad Bin Salman is now the owner of Newcastle United[/caption]
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Prem chief Richard Masters has come under fire following the Newcastle takeover[/caption]

One chief stormed: “This is such a mess, why hasn’t the board resigned?”

While the clubs recognise there is nothing they can do now, there was serious finger-pointing at Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, chairman Gary Hoffman and their colleagues at a hastily-arranged meeting on Tuesday.

SunSport understands that while the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United are still seething over the Toon deal, the real anger came from mid-table clubs.

Everton’s Bill Kenwright was one of the club chiefs who took part in a meeting held in London.

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Ham were among the loudest voices demanding answers from the five-strong board.

One club source explained: “It was very heated and there was an awful lot of criticism aimed at the board. They will know this is serious.”


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The quit call shocked other club bosses, with many believing it was a step too far.

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But it was the first time in more than 20 years — since the forced dismissal of Peter Leaver — that clubs have even voiced the possibility of turfing out an executive.

And now Masters and Hoffman may have a longer-term problem to reinforce their authority.

What is clear is that, even though the clubs accept that Newcastle are under new ownership, there is growing resentment over the process.

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