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Serie A chief takes aim at Amanda Staveley and Newcastle United investors claiming they 'do not know football'

Amanda Staveley has been told by the CEO of Serie A that she knows nothing about football.

Reports emerged in the last week that PIF, which funded the takeover of Newcastle United, were in talks to sanction another takeover, this time of Inter Milan.

Those rumours were acknowledged by Staveley who admitted that they had looked at other European clubs before choosing Newcastle.

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She told the Telegraph : “We talked to Inter Milan, AC [Milan], but the problem was the structure of the league was a mess. We looked briefly at Bordeaux.

“But we’re not looking at Inter [any more].”

This scathing assessment of the Italian top flight has, understandably, not gone down well.

The CEO of Serie A, Luigi De Siervo, did not take kindly to the comments about the league he is in charge of and he was keen to take aim at Staveley in response.

According to Calciomercato, he said: “Look, this morning I had the book ‘Aesop’s Fables: The Fox and the Grapes’. Here, in my opinion, what has been said can be traced back to this.

“Whoever has made this statement proves that they do not know football and Italy. Probably they did it only to favour their own investment.”

This reiterates what a number of pundits have said in regards to the new ownership of Newcastle but has to be taken with a pinch of salt..

De Siervo is clearly wounded by Staveley’s comments, however true they may be, and has felt the need to retaliate.

Inter Milan are the most recent winners of Serie A yet have been crippled financially immediately afterwards which will have been a warning sign to Staveley and co.

The potential growth at Newcastle far exceeds that at the San Siro where the only way for the I Nerazzurri to show any real improvement is by retaining the Scudetto and challenging in the Champions League.

On Tyneside, at the moment, a top-half finish would more than satisfy the supporters with European football currently a thought that remains a few years down the line at least.

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