Last week we were sent an email from a frustrated Newcastle United fan, who revealed how he and his family have been impacted by Mike Ashley’s decision to take payments for the 2020/21 season – a move he and the club are refusing to reverse despite a series of urgent requests.
Read what the Newcastle United fan (who’s asked for his identity to remain anonymous) sent below, with this being one of many examples where the NUFC owner’s selfish and shameless actions have left loyal fans to struggle during these difficult times.
Message from unnamed NUFC fan:
On the season ticket renewal date, I knew the 2020/21 money was due, but given the fact we are all really up against it during these unprecedented times, football has just shown how insignificant it is in the grand scheme of things.
I had hoped that the club would take a pragmatic view on the situation and try and help us fans where they could, by pausing payments/deferring to a time when we know more about where we stand. If games are played behind closed doors, would the club refund me? I highly doubt that they would.
My current priorities are to ensure that I have enough food in the house to feed ourselves, enough petrol in the car to enable me to be there for my parents who both have underlying health issues when required as I have caring responsibilities.
This month is always a bad month because of all the utility bills are due and I’m having to wait for them to chase me for payments.
I’m probably in a more fortunate position than some that I can rely on family/friends to help if needed, but there is a lot more less fortunate people out there who live week to week, this will impact those a lot people more.
Newcastle United always prides itself with saying we must ‘stay united’ and to stay loyal. Yet, when the fans really need some support and ask for little common sense from the club, they ignore us and just think of the bank balance.
Newcastle fans will not forget or forgive the clubs lack of empathy during this difficult time.
Best regards guys, hope you and your families are well, stay safe.
The club have so far refused to reverse their decision, continuing to take season ticket payments and direct debits from fans during these tough times, but messages like this must be read by Mike Ashley.
It’s time he had some morality about him and did what’s right – unless he’s taking all the cash he can before he finally sells up!