Dein offers Magpies support
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Dein will support Newcastle's fight for £20m compensation from The FA.
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has pledged to support Newcastle United's fight for compensation of £20 million from The Football Association.
The Magpies are reportedly asking for that sum from The FA following the injury suffered by Michael Owen while playing for England at the World Cup.
Owen picked up a serious knee injury in the group game against Sweden and could miss the entire season for Newcastle.
The Tyneside outfit are keen to be compensated for the striker's absence and it is the latest chapter in the row over who should pick up the tab when players are injured whilst on international duty.
Dein was appointed as chairman of the powerful G14 group earlier this week and has a vested interest in the issue as Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos was hurt after representing Switzerland at the World Cup.
He admits it is a topic that requires addressing and Dein has vowed to offer his help to Newcastle in their quest for compensation.
"We have the issue where he (Owen) has been injured in the World Cup and could be out for a whole year," said Dein.
"In our case, we had Philippe Senderos injured in the World Cup and we haven't seen him play for Arsenal this season and we are already in October.
"The G14 will back Newcastle. And why shouldn't we?
"In what other industry would you allow your employees to go to someone else and then be off for a length of time because they were on secondment to someone else?"