By Pranav Shahaney

19th Oct, 2021 | 6:10pm

West Ham vote in favour to impose temporary freeze on sponsorship deals

West Ham voted in favour to impose a temporary freeze on signing business deals with links to their club’s owners, according to Sky Sports.

The vote was taken at an emergency meeting after concerns that the Saudi-owned Newcastle may use their government’s influence to sign lucrative deals with companies in that region.

The Hammers were backed by 17 other clubs who voted in favour, while Newcastle voted against and Manchester City abstained after consideration with their lawyers.

Good move

The takeover has been a controversial one in so many ways and them signing new sponsorship deals will further increase the gulf in incomes compared to the other Premier League sides.

Despite this temporary ban, there is still a risk of them circumnavigating FFP rules and buying their way to success in the coming years.

It’s no surprise that Manchester City decided not to pick a side as they’ve been accused of similar things in the past.

Before their takeover, they were a mid-table club at best and now are none one of Europe’s finest.

The clubs will now send their feedback to the Premier League about this ban with it then possibly becoming a permanent rule. [New York Times]

We’re hoping that the league stays firm in the decision and sticks with what is now an overwhelming majority to maintain whatever fairness it can.

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