This isn’t the first time Chi Onwurah has made her feelings known, having boycotted games at St James’ Park back in 2013 following the sponsorship deal he struck with Wonga (a payday loan firm), however her latest move comes in response to the ‘If Rafa Goes We Go’ campaign.
As a result, her petition – which demands action to ensure Ashley supports the club, Rafa Benitez and the fans – has now been officially delivered to the House of Commons.
The petition accuses Ashley of failing to support the club on several levels, from community engagement, squad investment and improvements on training facilities, stating that Mike Ashley has ‘not made this support forthcoming’:
Here’s what it says (Via The Chronicle):
“Football is an integral part of Newcastle upon Tyne’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing … fans of Newcastle United are heavily invested both financially and emotionally in the success of the team.
“The current manager Rafa Benitez needs the support of both fans and the club’s owner … this support should include investment in players, training facilities and community engagement.”
“The owner Mike Ashley has not made this support forthcoming.”
“The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to take action to prevent unscrupulous football club owners from exploiting the clubs, their fans and local communities, with particular reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United FC.”
Interesting developments off the pitch for #NUFC right now. Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah has taken a petition to Parliament, demanding Mike Ashley, ‘stops exploiting’ Newcastle Utd. The new season begins in just over two weeks time…
— Andy Sixsmith (@SixsmithTV) July 24, 2018
What impact this ends up having remains to be seen, but this is good to see nonetheless.
Ashley has got away with murder for almost 11 years now. It’s time we ALL took a stand..