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Premier League allows Saudi Arabian sponsorship at Newcastle

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Good news for NUFC and their fans...

The Premier League have decided that Newcastle United will be allowed to seek sponsorship deals with Saudi Arabian companies, as long as it’s deemed “fair market value.”

Since the much talked about takeover of Newcastle United in October there has been a temporary block put on the club when trying to find potential sponsorship deals, but now that block has been lifted.

The block was put on by Premier League stakeholders over Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns as clubs worried that Newcastle could sign deals with companies closely linked with the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which provided the majority of investment for the takeover.

This would mean that club could potentially inflate its spending capacity under FFP for the upcoming transfer windows and other investment which may give Newcastle an “advantage” over others.

The Premier League board will decide what constitutes “fair market value” and therefore have some control over potential sponsorship deals.

What does this mean?

Some of the unhappiness from other clubs and officials towards the takeover will have been lessened to some extent by this decision, however the Premier League now holds the power.

The Premier League dismissed plans of blocking all related commercial deals and have put in place a system where “associated party transactions” will be permitted, subject to heavy inspection.

An independent external assessor will be used by the Premier League board to inspect potential sponsorship deals and league chiefs are hopeful this can prevent manipulation of FFP rules that exist.

The league also have access to a confidential data bank where they can assess value of the deals agreed across the whole league and monitor the investment of all clubs.

However, some may argue that the Premier League will be apprehensive to block potential investors as they themselves would benefit financially from a good relationship with Saudi Arabian companies who are willing to invest in Newcastle. The companies would be indirectly investing in the league itself at the same time.

The decision has allowed Newcastle United to move forward and put in motion plans to bring in sustainable and deep investment into a football club that has been starved of money for the last decade.

It will be interesting to see if they follow the blueprint set by Manchester City and look for deals similar to the one they have with Etihad Airways.

Newcastle will have their own ideas and are likely in contact with companies already over potential sponsorship deals.

One thing is for sure, the new sponsorship deals will be the catalyst for Newcastle to be pumped with investment so that Eddie Howe can improve things on the pitch and bring in some much needed fresh talent.

Short-term, the club are in trouble and need instant investment in the January transfer window to try and reach Premier League safety by the end of the season.

However, the medium and long-term future of Newcastle United is certainly bright.

Thoughts? Is this good news for Newcastle fans? Who would be your first January signing?

Join in the conversation and have your say…

 

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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