Sports Direct Stores Targeted In Protests
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct stores have been targeted in protests this weekend.
Demonstrations by Rangers fans saw over a hundred fans visit at least ten Sports Direct stores around the country and try to buy baskets full of high value merchandise for one pound.
A demonstration saw more than 100 supporters visiting some 10 Sports Direct stores around the country to try to buy baskets of high value sports products for a symbolic £1.
The protest by Rangers fan group Sons Of Struth saw the main focus on the Sports Direct store in Glasgow Fort. However, other stores were also targeted in places as diverse as Edinburgh and Warrington.
There are also claims in Scotland that Newcastle fans are also intending to take similar action at Sports Direct stores, though that may be wishful thinking.
Craig Houston on behalf of the protest organisers said;
“The message about our concern has gone out before we even started today, the protestors will grow in number and there is an appetite for more.”
Rangers fans have already announced their intention to boycott the match with St.Johnstone in the League Cup quarter final to try and force the resignation of controversial Director Sandy Easdale, somebody who is seen as very close to Mike Ashley and his plans for the Glasgow club.
While Rangers are clearly in a massive mess, the shares in the club are currently widely held, so no one person has overall control. So fan protest/organisation could have real influence and potentially see supporters and richer individuals finding common ground to work together for the good of the club.
While at Newcastle United the Halls and Shepherds were happy to take Ashley’s money and sell the club lock, stock and barrel, never mind what the consequences would be for the fans and the club. With all small shareholders in Newcastle forced to sell once Ashley had bought out the major shareholdings.
Unlike Rangers (at the minute), Mike Ashley can do exactly as he wants with Newcastle United and as supporters it is very difficult to see how you can realistically influence anything at this moment in time.
The fact that Ashley is doing his best to relegate the club (again) is sadly maybe the best hope of real long-term positive change at St.James’ Park.
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