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Interlinked clubs can loan each other players

This week football’s simmering issues around multiclub ownership topped the agenda at a Premier League shareholder meeting. Eight clubs voted to block a proposed ban on interlinked clubs loaning each other players, meaning those in favour fell short of the two-thirds majority required to get their way. That means Newcastle United is clear to borrow footballers from the four Saudi Pro League teams owned by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund when the transfer window reopens in January. The vote itself shone a light on some of the tensions and contradictions within football over these issues. Some of the clubs that backed a ban have clear connections to other clubs, such as Crystal Palace through its shareholder Eagle Football, which also owns Olympique Lyonnais. Yet those that knocked down the rule change included teams that have no external ties, but perhaps have aspirations in that direction — Burnley, for example. The real benefits of multiclub ownership are still a subject o
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