Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has responded to MP Chi Onwurah's plea for clarity over the Newcastle takeover amid mounting frustration on Tyneside.
It is the first time the governing body has commented publicly on the matter, which has engulfed the city since news of PCP Capital Partners' largely Saudi-funded £340 million bid was made public in April.
In his letter to the Newcastle Central MP, Masters wrote: "I fully appreciate that the issue of a potential change in the ownership of Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) is of great importance to you, as the MP for the area and as a fan, as it is to NUFC's entire fanbase, and I would like to deal directly with the questions you raise."
Masters confirmed that after an impasse was reached in the league's owners' and directors' test, Amanda Staveley's consortium, under which Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund is seeking to buy an 80% stake in the club, declined an offer of independent arbitration.
He wrote: "In June, the Premier League board made a clear determination as to which entities it believed would have control over the club following the proposed acquisition, in accordance with the Premier League rules.