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Newcastle United To Follow Manchester United and Pull Out Of FA Cup?

8 years ago

In 1999, an exhausted Manchester United, basking in the glory of a phenomenal treble, was pressured into taking part in the Club World Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson went along with the government’s suggestion and took part, but in return demanded it be allowed to drop out of the FA Cup.

Sports Minister Kate Hoey wailed that Manchester United were shortchanging their fans – which did nothing for Sir Alex’s blood pressure.

Compare and contrast with [intlink id=”42919″ type=”post”]Newcastle United\’s utterly pathetic, and publicly acknowledged, position.[/intlink]

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We have not won the treble, and we are not exhausted. The government is not pressuring us to drop out of the cups.

We (the club/Ashley) are proud to be shortchanging further the loyal-to-a-fault, most shortchanged fans in the world.

And we are not dropping out of the cups – far, far worse than that, we are taking part, only to drop out shortly afterwards.

On the one hand the club is admitting the existence of its policy – the league is our priority, the cups are not, so we shall field our reserves.

But on the other hand we are going through the motions of entering.

Manchester United’s policy was clear and honest. Manchester United won things, and if they weren’t going to give a tournament a go, they would drop out altogether.

Newcastle United have an obscure and dishonest policy. It masquerades as a cup-fighting team, and wretchedly takes the fans’ money.

It is disgusting to be associated as a fan with such a cheap, nasty, and potently repulsive kind of behaviour.

Why would anyone watch a match featuring Newcastle in the cups?

What would be the objective?

Fun? Excitement? Admiration at an exhibition of the beautiful game?

That point is clearly being reached. Next stop is why anyone would give the club a moment’s notice.

Who, these days, would want to be fan of Newcastle United?

Which fan of Newcastle United, these days, would see the point of staying a fan?


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