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Breaking: Newcastle United official club statement accuses newspaper of lying

6 years ago
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Newcastle United have released an official club statement accusing a newspaper of lying.

The club released the statement at around midnight on Friday, stating that The Telegraph had lied in an article they published on Thursday.

In that piece, the already banned newspaper said that UEFA had informed them that due to Mike Ashley’s dual interest in Newcastle United and Rangers, both clubs couldn’t compete in Europe in the same season – unless Ashley’s involvement changed at one of the clubs.

Newcastle United official statement

Caught lying again (The Telegraph)

Newcastle United feels it has been left with no alternative but to respond to a report published by The Telegraph yesterday, headlined ‘Newcastle and Rangers will not be able to play in Europe together next season because of Mike Ashley. Exclusive: Mike Ashley’s seizure of power at Ibrox means Newcastle may never play in Europe again while he remains club owner.’

The article stated that ‘Uefa have confirmed Newcastle United and Rangers will not be allowed to play in Europe together, even if they qualify for different competitions, because of Mike Ashley’s involvement in the running of both clubs.’

When contacted by the Club today, UEFA confirmed in writing as follows:

“UEFA has not made any statement on specific clubs.

“With regard to your query, we kindly refer you to Article 3 of our competition regulations (Integrity of the competition) related among other to multi-ownership.

“We do not have any further comment to make on this.”

The Club issued a statement on 12th September, 2014, confirming it had banned Luke Edwards and all reporters working for, or on behalf of, the Daily Telegraph with immediate effect following reports published in its paper which were wholly inaccurate and written with the intention of unsettling the Club, players and its supporters.

Yesterday’s article is another example of the same journalist and title printing factually inaccurate reports that are potentially disruptive and are damaging to the Club.

The Club will make no further comment on this issue.

Interesting that Mike Ashley/Newcastle United have made clear that UEFA ‘hadn’t made any statement on specific clubs’, but they don’t then go on to say that both clubs can play in European competition at the same time.

Instead they have simply left it with UEFA’s reference to ‘Article 3’.

We’ll look into what Article 3 actually says and come back to you. Though at this point the club only appear to be definitely accusing The Telegraph of lying about contact with UEFA.

When The Telegraph published the story in question, this is what we said.

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