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Mike Ashley Extends Free Tickets Ban

7 years ago

Earlier this week I wrote about Mike Ashley stopping the practice whereby backroom staff such as Peter Beardsley, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman were allocated up to four free tickets each to bring family and friends to home matches.

When the news broke, the Chronicle claimed that they understood the reasoning behind the move was to make it ‘fair’ for all staff.

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Now it has been reported though that as well as the ban on free tickets applying to Alan Pardew, it also extends to the likes of the kit men and admin staff, who each got two free tickets per match.

The Mail claim that in protest at the removal of the free tickets for first team matches, NUFC staff actually TURNED DOWN free tickets for the friendly with Real Sociedad last Sunday.

The Chronicle quoted the old ‘club insider’ saying;

“This has not gone down well behind the scenes ahead of the new season.”

If Ashley has extended the ban on free tickets to ordinary staff, it does smack of pettiness when it is targeted at people who can’t have much to otherwise laugh about working for the Newcastle owner.

The thought did go through my mind that I wouldn’t put it past Mike Ashley to do this as simply to make Hatem Ben Arfa pay for the privilege of watching the team this season.

Ben Arfa pictured below getting mobbed by fans at the final home match of last season against Cardiff, when he was taking advantage of his usual four free tickets in a private box.


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