Premier League clubs named who blocked ban on loaning players from partner teams

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    The seven Premier League teams who helped block a move to prevent clubs from loaning players off 'partner' outfits have been confirmed.

    The Times reported Newcastle were joined by Sheffield United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, Wolves and Nottingham Forest in rejecting the amendment. As a result of Tuesday's decision, the Magpies will be free to loan players from other teams also owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) in January.

    It's understood the other 13 top-flight clubs voted to pass the measure, just one short of the minimum 14 votes required for approval. Newcastle have been linked with a move for Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, who left Wolves to join Al-Hilal in the summer but could be brought back to England as a short-term replacement for the suspended Sandro Tonali.

    Most of the seven clubs that voted against the ban are themselves part of multi-club models that benefit from the current structure. Man City's Abu Dhabi owners, City Football Group, also run La Liga's Girona, French outfit Troyes, Italian side Palermo and Major League Soccer club New York City, to name a few.

    The Times reported there was 'particular anger' from the failed 13 voters directed at Sheffield United, who are owned by Saudi prince Abdullah bin Musaid Al Saud. The Blades have struggled for points in their Premier League return this season and only recently ended a lengthy win drought.

    There are fears some clubs are capitalising on the multi-club format to gain an unfair advantage over the opposition. The system allows teams to hand players experience while keeping them on their books, as well as circulating talent between clubs at lowered risk.

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