Action now being taken against Mike Ashley after “exploitation” of NUFC – Good news

Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah has taken a stand against Mike Ashley, with her petition demanding that the club’s owner stops “exploiting” Newcastle United now being presented to the House of Commons.

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.”

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..

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6 thoughts on “Action now being taken against Mike Ashley after “exploitation” of NUFC – Good news

  1. What is this woman on?

    The best she can hope for is that Ashley will have to show the books that show that the club is 130 million in debt, the 4th highest debt in the EPL behind the likes of Man U and Chelsea. Hardly exploitation.

    At worst she’ll be told to wind her neck in.

    How I miss the good old days when this jumped up public servant boycotted the matches because of her principles.

    I can only assume that she’s looking for votes somewhere.

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  2. The more pressure the better. Anything that will push the needle on Ashley seriously thinking about selling up is a good thing. As for the other comment from Brrrian, I can only guess he’s a mackem or a total imbecile, not that there’s much difference.

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  3. Yeah if they are in debt it’s the creative accounting that has been going on since he took over ,,how can someone own a club then lend himself money to put the club in debt even further , he’s asset stripping the club and getting. Away with it , Maxwell got away with it for years , it’ll catch up to him eventually

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  4. Us fans have to make a stand against fat man stay away don’t have season tickets it’s the only way fans can make a stand against the man who has no respect for our club or city

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  5. Jack:
    Yeah if they are in debt it’s the creative accounting that has been going on since he took over ,,how can someone own a club then lend himself money to put the club in debt even further , he’s asset stripping the club and getting.Away with it , Maxwell got away with it for years , it’ll catch up to him eventually

    A company is a legal entity – treated under the law the same as a person. A company is not legally the same as the share owners, the ultimate owner or the Directors. Ashley is the ultimate owner of NUFC, but he is not NUFC. Of course he can lend it money.

    And he did so in both relegation seasons in order to allow the club to pay player wages of the level of most Premiership clubs, even while in the Championship. This money was paid back to him over 1-2 seasons from the tv money following promotion. About £15-20m each time.

    He also has a debt that he inherited from the previous owners. The club was heavily mortgaged. He personally paid off the banks, who were charging interest, and has been owed around £120m since. This debt is not owed by the club, but the holding company that own the shares in the club. It would be paid off as part of any deal to buy the club, if a buyer is ever found.

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