Mike Ashley has made legal moves on Rangers Chairman Dave King, accusing him of breaching a ‘gagging order’ which was put in place after original action by the Newcastle United owner to prevent exposure of just how bad the contracts were that a previous Rangers hierarchy had agreed with Ashley and Sports Direct.
Up in Scotland, the Daily Record report that the Ranger Chairman breached this injunction when a TV interview was screened on Sky Sports.
Mike Ashley legal people have also asked the courts to fine Rangers for allowing King to go in front of the cameras, the newspaper revealing that legal papers had also been served on Dave King’s co-directors Paul Murray and John Gilligan.
Last week Dave King had made public the fact that there will still major ructions going on behind the scenes, with the legal fight against Sports Direct continuing despite the costs associated with it. The inference being that Ashley and Sports Direct were trying to win the fight by virtue of having deeper pockets.
The injunction was imposed earlier this year when Rangers revealed various details of their arrangement with Sports Direct, including the fact they had to give SD an outlandish seven years notice if they wanted to end their commercial ‘agreement’.
With Dave King and Rangers promising to reveal more at a shareholders meeting, Mike Ashley secured the injunction to stop them.
Sports Direct and Mike Ashley claim that this injunction has been breached by Dave King and Rangers thanks to the interview with Sky in July
The Daily Record say that Mike Ashley’s legal team believe that his comments should be enough to see Dave King imprisoned for contempt of court, as well as a large fine for Rangers.
Whilst continuing to support the club through the turnstiles (over 44,000 at the last Rangers home league match), many fans refuse to buy anything from the club shops due to the belief that most of the cash will go to Mike Ashley and Sports Direct, with Rangers receiving a pittance.
The relationship between Sports Direct and Newcastle United’s club shops has also led many Newcastle fans to boycott official merchandise, both as a protest against Mike Ashley directly, as well as doubts to just how beneficial this arrangement is to the revenues of the football club.