Simon Jordan makes clear FFP point amid backlash over Newcastle friendlies in Australia

Simon Jordan has defended Newcastle United and other Premier League clubs who organise post-season games across the globe. Newcastle are due to jet-off to Australia as soon as this season ends to help promote the brand and, potentially, offer themselves a financial injection to boost FFP compliance.

Newcastle will play Tottenham Hotspur and an A-League All-Star XI on May 22 and May 24 – with both friendlies being held in Melbourne – after what has been a gruelling campaign at St James’ Park and beyond. There are pros and cons to that arrangement and Jordan has waded into the debate on talkSPORT.

The decision raised one or two eyebrows – especially with Euro 2024 around the corner and question marks over scheduling anyway – while The Football Association (FA) are said to be looking at changing their guidelines to try and prevent similar trips from being organised in the future.

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Jordan said: “Three days after the end of the season? So what?

“They haven’t got Michael O’Leary flying them on Ryanair with their knees up round their earholes. They’re on first-class getting a pedicure, let’s get it right.”

Jordan, the one-time Crystal Palace owner turned broadcaster, added: “They’re going over to Australia to generate revenue for football clubs because, I don’t know if you’ve looked, recently, there ain’t that many football clubs that are turning over that much profit in the Premier League right now.”

Newcastle round-up their Premier League charge against Brentford on Sunday, May 19. They will then embark on a 21,000-mile return trip for two friendly games in Melbourne.

The Magpies jet-off to help celebrate the Australian city’s Global Football Week. Their first opponents – Tottenham – are managed by Australian Ange Postecoglou as he prepares to return to his homeland.

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