Mike Ashley representatives have told Lewis Ritson that he can box wearing the Newcastle United logo but only if he says nothing negative about the NUFC owner.
The Newcastle fan has a European title fight at a sold out Newcastle Arena tonight but Mike Ashley/Newcastle United had threatened to sue Ritson because he sports the NUFC logo on his fight gear.
Ashley is having a remarkable time of staggering from one PR disaster to another, whether it is with his retail empire or Newcastle United related stuff.
The infamous pizza two finger special, completely undermining that flying PR visit.
Lewis Ritson says though that he has now reached an agreement that allows the boxer to sport Newcastle United colours.
The Geordie boxer revealing that he has been told that the agreement only stands if he makes no negative comments about Mike Ashley…
Lewis Ritson speaking to Talksport:
“In terms of sport, apart from the football, we haven’t actually got much up here (in Newcastle)
“So it’s nice that they (the people of Tyneside) are backing us, it shows the City has got behind is and going to show their support (at a sold out Newcastle Arena.”
‘Somebody could say that even with the football, there is not much going on…?’
“You’re right there.
“It’s a funny situation at Newcastle United at the minute and pray to God as a Newcastle fan that it gets better for us.”
‘There was a problem with wearing the club colours?’
“It has been sorted (now), a company makes my fight gear and they have got the Newcastle United logo on.
“Newcastle got wind of it and were on about suing us. I make no money out of it, they just send the fight gear up to me.
“I understand where they are coming from on copyright and I obviously put a few negative comments about Mike Ashley on social media, as any Newcastle fan would be disappointed.
“They had tried to say that they hadn’t said we could wear it at all (but) my manager had the email saying if you’re live on Sky you’re allowed to wear it but under no circumstances allowed to wear it anywhere else. Which was a bit of a bad taste for me because either you can wear it or you can’t.
“We have (now) come to an agreement where we can wear it but there have to be no (more) negative comments about Mike Ashley.”