[ Generalna ] 05 Mart, 2021 17:41

Club update on a High Court judgement

Today the High Court handed down judgment in NUFC’s application to have the Chairman of the Arbitration Panel under the Premier League’s (‘EPL’) Rules removed from hearing its claim concerning the proposed takeover of the Club. The Club asked for the Chairman to be removed on the ground of apparent bias.

The Club made the application because two weeks after the Chairman had been appointed the lawyers representing the Premier League, Bird & Bird, disclosed information that the Club had previously been unaware of. In particular, Bird & Bird disclosed that the Chairman had provided confidential advice to the EPL in 2017.

Although the advice was not provided to the Club, the Club was informed that the Chairman had advised the EPL on amendments to its ‘Owners and Directors Test’ (‘OADT’) in Section F of its Rules. Shortly after the Chairman provided that advice in 2017 the Rules were changed to prevent a foreign owner involved in alleged broadcasting piracy from passing the test.

This information concerned the Club given the following context: in a much publicised letter to EPL clubs in April 2020, BeIN Sports called for the EPL to “strictly apply” the OADT to prevent the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, PIF, from being involved in the takeover of the Club because BeIN alleged that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (‘the KSA’) was involved in broadcasting piracy. Later that year, the EPL decided that the KSA controlled the PIF and was therefore a ‘Director’ under its Rules. The Club disputes this analysis and brought an arbitration to reverse the decision. As today’s Judgment records, the Club’s case is that the arbitration is wider than simply the definition of ‘Director’ and part of the Club’s challenge is to the lawfulness of the EPL’s approach when considering the takeover.

The Chairman had also failed to disclose, when he was appointed, that he had previously been appointed by Bird & Bird and, in the last 3 years, had been an arbitrator in 12 cases involving Bird & Bird. When challenged by the Club, prior to the High Court claim, the Chairman did not agree to step down. The Club’s concerns were heightened when he then engaged in unilateral communications with Bird & Bird about the Club’s challenge, which is expressly against the EPL arbitration rules. In his private emails with the EPL’s lawyers he asked if they wanted him to carry on as Chairman, and he later explained that if they had asked him to step down he would have done so. The private email exchange was only disclosed after Bird & Bird suggested it should be.

Although the Court was critical of these communications, describing them as an “error of judgment” the Court refused the Club’s application to remove the Chairman on grounds of apparent bias.

The Club is disappointed with the Court’s judgment on this issue. As noted at the end of the Judgment, the Club submitted that the Judge did not address all of the Club’s arguments. The Club is committed to the speedy and fair determination of its claim so that the proposed takeover can go ahead as soon as possible. However, it felt it had to make this application given the need for the dispute to be determined by way of a fair process. The Club is considering whether or not to pursue an appeal.

The Club argued for the hearing to be in public but lost on that argument. The Club also wanted the Judgment to be published, even though it was dissatisfied with the outcome. Meanwhile, the EPL attempted to prevent it from being published at all. The EPL said that if it was published it should be heavily redacted and anonymised so that readers would not be able to identify the dispute. Unfortunately, this is consistent with the EPL’s lack of transparency over the takeover. The Club won on this point. The Judge rejected the EPL’s arguments and said there was a “public interest” in publication of the Judgment. The Club welcomes the fact that at least its supporters, and the wider public interested in the takeover and the dispute, will now be able to have some information about the process.

The Club shall continue to actively pursue its claim in the arbitration and calls on the EPL to resolve the matter in a speedy and transparent way that does not prevent the substantial investment into English football, and the North East region, that the proposed takeover would bring.

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[ Generalna ] 02 Mart, 2021 11:42

Newcastle United je danas potvrdio da će Allan Saint-Maximin i Miguel Almiron biti van terena mesec dana zbog povreda. 

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[ Generalna ] 28 Februar, 2021 19:24

Nekadašnji igrač i trener Newcastle Uniteda Glenn Roeder, danas je nažalost izgubio dugogodišnju bitku sa tumorom na mozgu u 65. godini života.

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[ Generalna ] 27 Februar, 2021 23:19

NEWCASTLE UNITED  -  WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS  1 : 1

Newcastle United i Wolverhampton Wanderers ponovo su remizirali rezultatom 1:1.

Svrake su povele 1:0 u 52. minutu utakmice golom Jamaala Lascellesa, koji je mrežu gostiju zatresao posle udarca glavom. Međutim, Ruben Neves takođe glavom trese mrežu Svraka u 73. minutu utakmice, izjednačivši rezultat na 1:1.

U prvom poluvremenu Newcastle United je bio daleko bolji rival. Prvu dobru priliku za gol imao je Migeul Almiron u 12. minutu igre, kada se brzonogi Paragvajac na proigravanje Shelveya stuštio sa desnog boka ka šesnaestercu gostiju i udarcem sa desetak metara levom nogom zatresao stativu protivničkog gola.

Desetak minuta kasnije Emil Krafth udarcem sa distance testira gostujućeg golmana Rui Patricia, koji mu brani udarac. Minut kasnije i Joelinton testira Rui Patricia, koji ponovo izlazi kao pobednik.

U 24. minutu utakmice Allan Saint-Maximin sa levog boka šalje povratnu loptu do Wilocka, koji sa desetak metara upućuje udarac ga gostujućem golu. Rui Patricio brani udarac, kratko loptu odbija ispred sebe na koju naleće Saint-Maximin, koji je šalje u mrežu, ali gol se opravdano poništava jer se Saint-Maximin nalazio u ofsajd poziciji.

Tek posle pola sata igre Vukovi prvi put prete preko neugodnog Adame Traorea, koji je glavom sa pet metara iskosa sa levog boka uputio udarac ka Dubravki, koji mu uz pomoć stative brani udarac i loptu izbacuje u korner.

Desetak minuta pre kraja prvog poluvremena, Adama Traore je lako po levom boku pretrčao Kraftha, poslao povratnu loptu do Pedra Neta, koji je levom nogom sa dvanaest metara šalje pored gola domaćih.

Na poluvremenu je u svlačionici je zbog povrede ostao Miguel Almiron, dok je u igru ušao Ryan Fraser.

Upravo je Ryan Fraser u 52. minutu utakmice sa desnog boka centrirao na peterac gostiju gde se našao Jamaal Lascelles koji glavom šalje loptu u gostujuću mrežu za 1:1. Prelep gol Lascellesa.

U 63. minutu utakmice i Saint-Maximin je morao da izađe iz igre zbog povrede. Umesto njega u igru je ušao Murphy. I poslednju izmenu na meču Steve Bruce je morao da napravi zbog povrede Kraftha u 72. minutu utakmice. Umesto njega u igru je ušao Matt Ritchie.

Samo minut kasnije Wolverhampton stiže do izjednačujućeg gola. Po desnom boku Pedro Neto pretrčao Jamala Lewisa kao da ga nema, poslao centaršut na osam metara od Dubravkinog gola gde je Ruben Neves samo na momenat umakao pažnji Haydenu i trzajem glavom uz malu pomoć Dubravke posalo loptu u mrežu domaćih za 1:1, minut 73. Dubravka je mogao i bolje da reaguje u ovoj situaciji.

U 81. minutu utakmice, negde sa penaltika Joelinton je šutirao ka protivničkom golu, ali je na gol liniji čudesnim blokom Saiss loptu izbacio u korner.

U 92. minutu utakmice Martin Dubravka se iskupio za primljeni golom prelepom odbranom, posle udarca glavom sa pet metara rezerviste gostiju Fabia Silve. Lopta je uz pomoć prečke otišla u korner.


Konačan rezultat: 1 : 1


NUFC: Dubravka, Krafth (Ritchie 72), Lewis, Lascelles, Clark, Hayden, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron (Fraser 46), Saint-Maximin (Murphy 63), Joelinton.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Dummett, Hendrick, Gayle, S.Longstaff, Carroll.

WWFC: Rui Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo (Hoever 85), Neves, Moutinho, Otto (Ait-Nouri 90+4), Neto, Traore, Da Silva (Fabio Silva 82).
Subs n/u: Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Ruddy, Kilman, Otasowie

Sudija: Mike Dean

Gledalaca: pred praznim tribinama zbog COVID-19 pandemije.

P.S.
Posle 26 odigranih kola imamo isto toliko bodova, tri više od Fulhama koji je prvi ispod crte, koji je takođe remizirao u ovom kolu. Šteta za propuštene prilike u prvom poluvremenu, jer smo mogli do sva tri boda na ovom meču. Više me brinu povrede Almirona i Saint-Maximina, jer kako ćemo i bez njih?

Sledeće nedelje igramo u gostima protiv WBA, dok će Fulham svoj meč igrati u četvrtak. Fulham ulazi u niz teških utakmica i to bi trebalo i iskoristiti ako ne želimo da se do poslednjeg kola borimo za opstanak, jer u poslednjem kolu igramo u Londonu baš protiv Fulhama.

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[ Generalna ] 21 Februar, 2021 22:24

MANCHESTER UNITED  -  NEWCASTLE UNITED  3 : 1

Manchester United je na svom Old Traffordu sa pola gasa pobedio Newcastle United rezultatom 3:1.

Newcastle United je u prvih desetak minuta snažno pritisnuo domaćina na njegovoj polovini. Prvu priliku za goste imao je Shelvey koji je sa osamnaest metara šutirao visoko preko gola domaćih. Posle skoro pola sata igre i Almiron preti udarcem sa distance levom nogom, ali De Gea mu brani udarac.

Sa druge strane, prvi gol na meču iz bukvalno prvog udarca na protivnički gol postigao je Marcus Rashford u 30. minutu utakmice. Rashford je na levom boku gurnuo loptu kroz noge Krafthu, namestio se na udarac desnom nogom i poslao loptu u gostujuću mrežu pored prve stative gde se nalazio Darlow. 1:0 za Manchester United. Lako, prelako. Krafth krivac za gol, dok je i Darlow mogao bolje da reaguje.

Pet minuta kasnije Saint-Maximin testira De Geu udarcem desnom nogom sa dvadesetak metara, ali čuvar mreže domaćih loptu izbacuje u korner.

Svrake upravo iz tog kornera izjednačuju rezultat na 1:1. Allan Saint-Maximin je desnom nogom sa desetak metara iz dropkicka poslao loptu u mrežu domaćih za 1:1, minut 36. Prethodno štoper domaćih Maguire loptu nije dovoljno dobro izbacio iz svog šesnaesterca i ona je stigla do Saint-Maximina.

Do kraja poluvremena Fred je uputio jedan udarac sa distance levom nogom, ali Darlow mu brani udarac.

Prvi pokušaj u nastavku igre ima Saint-Maximin udarcem sa osamnaest metara, ali je udarac bio po sredini gola i De Gea ga je odbranio.

Zbog povrede u 55. minutu utakmice iz igre je morao da izađe Joelinton. Njega je zamenio Fraser.

Samo dva minuta kasnije Crveni Đavoli stižu do 2:1. Strelac je bio Daniel James udarcem desnom nogom sa desetak metara. Matić je sa levog boka poslao jednu loptu koja je bukvalno prošla pored svih igrača u gostujućem šesnaestercu. Ona je stigla do Jamesa, koji se nalazio na desetak metara od protivničkog gola, lepo ju je primio, raspalio po njoj poslavši je u bliži ugao.

Posle sat vremena igre Darlow je prelepo odbranio Martialov udarac sa petnaestak metara, iskosa sa desne strane.

Konačan rezultat 3:1 postiže Bruno Fernandes sa bele tačke u 75. minutu utakmice. Jedanestercu je prethodio prekršaj koji je Wilock napravio nad Rashfordom. Wilock je bukvalno vrhovima prstuju nagazio Rashforda koji je pao kao da ga je snajper pogodio, što je bilo dovoljno glavnom sudiji meča Tierneyu da pokaže na belu tačku.

Do kraja meča, najbliži golu bio je Maguire, koji je posle jednog kornera preto glavom, ali Darlow je njegov udarac izbacio u korner.


Konačan rezultat: 3 : 1


NUFC: Darlow, Krafth, Lewis, Lascelles, Clark, Hayden, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron (Gayle 79), Saint-Maximin (Murphy 77), Joelinton (Fraser 55)
Subs n/u: Dubravka, Dummett, Hendrick, S.Longstaff, Ritchie, Carroll.

MUFC: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fred, James (Mata 88), Fernandes, Rashford (Shoretire 89), Martial (Greenwood 70).
Subs n/u: Henderson, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Telles, Williams, Amad.

Sudija: Paul Tierney

Gledalaca: pred praznim tribinama zbog COVID-19 pandemije

P.S.
Posle 25 utakmica imamo isto toliko bodova i samo tri boda više od Fulhama koji je prvi ispod crte. Sledeći meč igramo u subotu na našem St James' Parku protiv Wolvesa.

Ako Bruce ne dobije otkaz, Newcastle United će ispasti iz Premier League.

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