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Support The Team – Not The Regime

7 years ago
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Today brought the latest bizarre move by Mike Ashley as he banned the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) from meetings of the recently introduced Fans Forum.

With NUST the only democratic fans organisation represented at the Forum, it has sadly left the whole Fans Forum idea dead in the water, with the individual fans making up the rest of the Forum left in an impossible position. Guaranteed expulsion if they ask awkward questions meaning the individual forum members are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

With this coming on the back of the disgraceful decision to ban the local newspapers because Ashley didn’t like the fact they covered the pre-Liverpool protest march, the question is what can we do?

While boycotting matches is always going to be an emotive subject that drives at the very heart of what being a fan is about IE going to support the team, fans who want to show their displeasure at Ashley’s actions and at the same time support the concept of a free press have been offered the perfect opportunity tomorrow.

This is what the people at Time4Change, who organised the protest march, have released today;

‘In the aftermath of NCJ Media’s coverage of the recent Time4Change protest march and the subsequently unjust press ban that the club imposed upon the Newcastle Chronicle, The Journal and the Sunday Sun, it has come to our attention that a substantial number of fans have suggested bringing copies of the Chronicle into Saturday’s game against Chelsea.  This would be accompanied by waving the papers towards the Directors’ Box before kick off as a sign of support for the freedom of the press in our city.

This move also has the backing of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust who, along with Time4Change, feel that that there is a need to counter the reprehensible and dictatorial tactics of Mike Ashley.

The club’s move against the local press is yet more evidence of how far out of touch Mr Ashley is with the club’s stakeholders and it has further fuelled the feelings of alienation felt by many fans.’

Of course it doesn’t have to be a copy of the Chronicle, to support the idea of a free press just bring along whatever morning paper you usually get and use that, or for the real cheapskates amongst you – grab a copy of the free Metro newspaper on your way to St.James’ Park.

Even better, buy a copy of the latest issue of The Mag which will be on sale outside St.James’ Park before the Chelsea match and help us to continue giving the fans a real voice on what happens at Newcastle United.

By the fans for the fans.

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