According to a story in The Sun today, Mike Ashley threatened to ‘knock out’ a Newcastle Untied fan who approached him in a London restaurant and called him a ‘parasite’.
A witness claims that the fan initially came over to shake hands with the NUFC owner, but then went on to ask him to “get out the club and the city” – making Ashley see red and threaten to knock him out.
Here’s a snippet from Jake Ryan’s piece, detailing what was believed to have been said by the pair during the confrontation:
The billionaire retail boss, 54, initially shook hands with the Magpies supporter when he came over to introduce himself.
But Ashley’s mood flipped when the fan called him a “parasite” and told him to “get out the club and the city” of Newcastle.
A witness said Ashley blasted back: “I’ll knock you out you f***ing p***k. Get the f*** out of here.
“F*** off before I knock you out.”
The fan and his party were then asked to leave by the management at Paradise restaurant in Hampstead, North West London.
The witness added: “Ashley thought the fan was coming to say hello, but then realised what was happening.
“He went bright red, screwed his face up and turned the air blue with his ranting.”
A spokesman for Ashley confirmed he was having a meal when approached by “an individual who became threatening, aggressive and offensive”.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) November 2, 2018
Ashley is quite rightfully the pantomime villain at NUFC, and his threats to knock this bloke out hardly help his cause, however you can’t really blame him for defending himself in this position.
He may be a nasty piece of work and far from the ‘nice guy’ Jamaal Lascelles claimed he was just yesterday, but I think any of us would get quite heated if we were confronted in public and called a ‘parasite’ while eating out.
That being said, he deserves everything he gets the way he has treated us fans and our beloved club over the years.
The sooner we get rid of this parasite, the better.