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Premier League clubs reject DOUBLE rule change that could be a huge boost to Manchester City and Newcastle



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Clubs from within the Premier League have rejected two proposed changes to division rules that could be seen as a huge boost to both Manchester City and Newcastle United.

Manchester City continue to be at the centre of many rival clubs’ attentions following the sanctions placed on Everton for the breaching of Financial FairPlay regulations in the Premier League, amid the 115 charges placed on them early on this year.

Newcastle United’s takeover by Saudi Arabia has also seen the north-east giants thrown into the limelight, and as such there have been attempts in recent weeks to make changes to division rules in moves seen by some as restrictive attempts on the aforementioned pair.

In a damaging blow to clubs within the Premier League concerned about various ways in which some clubs are operating, a vote conducted on Tuesday has confirmed that no such rule changes will take place ahead of the January market.

As per confirmation provided by MailSport’s Craig Hope, Premier League clubs have opted not to vote in favour of a temporary block on related-party loans, meaning clubs with the same owners are now free to trade as normal in the upcoming January transfer window.

The decision could be seen as a major boost to Manchester City, Newcastle United, and Brighton & Hove Albion, all of whom have associations with other clubs through ownership, whilst there could be sighs of relief at Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Everton, and Wolverhampton Wanderers for the same reason.

In a further development, Hope also confirms that Premier League clubs have voted against tougher rules on related-party commercial deals, after it was proposed that clubs would have to provide proof of multiple offers of the same value.

That proposal was seen as a move by some to restrict Newcastle United following their takeover by Saudi Arabia, although Manchester City alongside other clubs in the English top-flight may also see it as a positive development.

Manchester City are leading the way in world football in terms of their association to a multi-club model, with the City Football Group holding controlling stakes in the likes of Girona, New York City FC, and Mumbai City in a wide-ranging global portfolio.

Many clubs are also looking to follow-suit in the near future, with Todd Boehly and Chelsea having discussed the idea, as well as Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his pending investment into Manchester United.