This is the latest Newcastle United News as finance guru demands the ousted of PIF after a leak images of new jersey shows the Saudi group and the club were in good terms.
But critics will contend that leaked photos of Newcastle United’s away outfit for next season demonstrate that the Saudi state and the club are not separate entities.
That is the opinion of financial expert Doctor Dan Plumley, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider about the green and white strip dispute.
Newcastle will play in 2022-23 with colors that are strikingly similar to the Saudi national squad, according to the Daily Mail on Friday (13 May).
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When the Saudi Public Investment Fund bought the Magpies for £305 million in October last year, they offered the Premier League legally obligatory assurances that there would be no governmental participation.
The commentariat and human rights activists have largely dismissed this argument.
According to BBC Sport, Premier League CEO Richard Masters indicated in December last year that PIF might be abolished if proof was uncovered to the contrary.
Plumley believes the new away uniform will make detractors question whether this is the case.
He told Football Insider’s Adam Williams, “There is obviously a wide plan to leverage sport in the Middle East to increase interest in and links to the PIF.”
“We’ve seen them make that move before. Couldn’t we have predicted this leak? We’ve seen teams switch their colors before.
“The other element is that the state and the club must be separated.” Within it, there is some gray space.
“Some may argue that this demonstrates there is no distinction, but Newcastle can simply claim that they wanted a white away uniform.”
Newcastle United moved up to 12th place in the Premier League after defeating Arsenal 2-0 on Monday (16 May).
On the last day of the season, they face Burnley (22 May).
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