A St James’ Park source told The Sun: “Freddy is fuming about this. FIFA believe Newcastle can be fobbed off just because they are a rich club.
“But that is not the case and they will have a battle on their hands now. If you drive a Rolls-Royce and have an accident, it doesn’t mean you should not get much of an insurance pay-out because you drive a nice car.
“The whole thing stinks and Freddy will fight to get back the money lost on being without Michael for so long.”