The Chronicle

Toon join call for Big Six to be punished

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NEWCASTLE United are among a group of 14 Premier League clubs who are calling for accountabi­lity after the Super League fiasco.

United did not communicat­e officially but managing director Lee Charnley was a vocal and active participan­t in yesterday’s Premier League meeting which saw condemnati­on of Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United for their role in the Super League breakaway.

The league has now collapsed with all six withdrawin­g late on Tuesday, followed yesterday by Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli has admitted the concept is now dead.

Fans are keen to see the six punished after the outrage of their attempted “coup,” as Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish called it.

Points deductions or even relegation have been mentioned by some.

Newcastle, along with the 13 other remaining Premier League sides, share an appetite to see them held accountabl­e - with rule L9 of the Premier League

handbook the potential breach which could land the six in trouble.

That rule prohibits clubs from taking part in any competitio­n outside the jurisdicti­on of the authoritie­s without express permission.

Fines or removal of executives under the auspices of the fit and proper person’s test - could also be on the table.

It also poses far-reaching questions about the way the summer’s takeover saga was handled with many now focusing on the relationsh­ip between the so-called ‘big six’ and Premier League chief Richard Masters, he being accused in some quarters of appeasing the bigger clubs.

The relationsh­ip between United and the Premier League has been fractious since the summer, with Newcastle the only club to oppose a BeIN Sports TV deal extension which netted the league tens of millions of pounds.

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Lee Charnley

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