Mike Ashley Releases Statement Saying Won’t Consider Selling Newcastle Until May 2016
In the process of banning yet another journalist and newspaper, Mike Ashley has revealed that he may consider selling Newcastle United in May 2016.
In a strangely worded statement (below) Ashley has said that he definitely won’t sell Newcastle United before the end of next season.
This information has been volunteered as Mike Ashley bans journalist Luke Edwards (again) and all other Daily Telegraph reporters from the club, following stories they ran this week claiming the club was up for sale.
Presumably if they’d said it was up for sale from May 2016 that would have been alright…
You may chuckle at the self-righteous patter, where Ashley/the club demands an apology on behalf of the Newcastle fans.
Hmmm, I think we are deserving of a number of apologies but not from the Telegraph!
The Club Statement;
Newcastle United has today banned the Daily Telegraph with immediate effect following a report published in its paper yesterday (Thursday, 11th September), headlined ‘Newcastle United For Sale As Ashley Eyes Rangers’, as well as a follow-up article from the same reporter which appears in the Daily Telegraph today (Friday, 12th September).
The reports by Luke Edwards on 11th September, and again today (12th September), are wholly inaccurate and written with the intention of unsettling the Club, players and its supporters.
This is disgraceful journalism for which the Club and its supporters should receive a full and unreserved apology from those concerned.
The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United.
For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price.
The Club cannot be stronger in stating its position on this matter.
It is not acceptable for newspapers to print factually inaccurate reports that are damaging to the Club and to fail to check facts with Newcastle United ahead of publication and then expect to receive access to the Club.
Newcastle United will not tolerate this and will take such action as it deems appropriate.
The ban extends to all reporters working for, or freelancing on behalf of, the Daily Telegraph, as well as Luke Edwards in any capacity he may have working for the paper’s sister title or on a freelance basis.
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