Read the latest Newcastle United takeover letter sent to Richard Masters

A South Tyneside MP has written to Richard Masters as the Premier League considers the proposed Newcastle United takeover.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 3:12 pm
Richard Masters.

A £300million deal has been with the Premier League since April – and fans have been demanding a decision for months.

Jarrow MP Kate Osborne says the protracted owners’ and directors’ test has led to “mental anguish” in her constituency.

Osborne, however, has not called on Premier League chief executive Masters to approve the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover, which has faced opposition from Amnesty International and Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports.

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In a letter sent to Masters today, Osborne wrote: “North East football supporters are under mental anguish due to the proposed Newcastle takeover.

“I am not writing to pressure you to make a decision one way or the other. Newcastle fans have been put through an unnecessary rollercoaster, which is causing anger and stress in the communities I represent.

“I represent thousands of Newcastle United supporters who, after 16 weeks of waiting, continue to be on tenterhooks to hear the decision that will determine their club's future. Football is a passion and means a lot to people in the area. Football supporters spend a lot of hard earned money on their club.

“The length of time this is taking is putting immense stress on many Newcastle fans across the constituency of Jarrow.

"I have been contacted by a number of constituents, one saying ‘I don't actually care anymore if the takeover goes ahead – just tell me when that whenever will be so we can stop the constant news and social media checking’.”