Ian Lavery is awaiting a response from Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the Wansbeck MP and former Newcastle United season ticket holder urged the government to ‘commit to their proposal for a fan-led review of football’.
Lavery is one of a number of MPs who have been contacted by Newcastle fans after The Newcastle Consortium Supporters Limited (NCSL) put together a template of a letter for fans to email to their local representatives.
The letter asks for MPs’ support in ‘seeking expedition and transparency of Newcastle United’s court case with the English Premier League to determine the owner’s right to sell his club to a willing buyer’
Newcastle confirmed last month that they have issued arbitration proceedings against the top-flight after the club’s proposed takeover fell through last summer and the Magpies are pressing for a ‘fair, full and timely hearing’.
Member of staff Deborah Scott has replied to constituents on Lavery’s behalf and confirmed the Wansbeck MP was ‘committed to doing anything he can to ensure that the takeover process is absolutely transparent and free from undue influence at all times’.
‘Ian absolutely shares your concerns in relation to the way in which the proposed takeover has been handled in the spring then the summer,’ an excerpt from the letter read.
‘Ian has written to the Premier League a number of times in relation to this without substantive reply. Ian is encouraged to see the legal action under way from numerous groups, including the Supporters Consortium, and the owner.
‘Ian is convinced that through the handling of the takeover and the Project Big Picture plans, it has become abundantly clear that the PL, EFL and football across the pyramid is not capable of governing itself in the interests of football and supporters as a whole.
‘Many of the allegations and rumours around the handling of the NUFC takeover are evident in Project Big Picture, namely self-interest of the more powerful clubs acting in contradiction to the health and wellbeing of the wider game.
‘To this end, Ian has written to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport [Oliver Dowden] in the last month, without reply, to urge the government to commit to their proposal for a fan-led review of football. This is simply urgent.’