Newcastle United takeover petition gains support amid anger at Premier League

Tens of thousands of fans have signed an online petition calling for an investigation into Premier League’s takeover process.
St James's Park.St James's Park.
St James's Park.

The deal, which was 80% funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, would have seen £250million invested in the club over a five-year period – and more money put into the city and local community. Financier Amanda Staveley – who led the takeover – has told of her “heartbreak”.

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A petition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already been signed by more than 40,000 people.

The petition, set up by a Newcastle fan, “aims to engage the government in establishing an independent investigation into the Premier League takeover process”, which was led by chief executive Richard Masters.