Mike Ashley is determined to keep this story running .
Thursday night seeing the Sports Direct supremo release an official statement via Newcastle United.
The Wednesday night outing for Ashley and playing staff, manager and coaches, as well as various minions, ending with a bizarre punchline.
As Newcastle fans asked him ‘Where’s the money gone?’, the club owner’s fingers formed themselves into a ‘V’.
Mike Ashley is saying any ‘V’ (he made) was not a V-Sign and that his ‘legal team’ are taking action.
All a bit strange, the fingers definitely formed a ‘V’ and an overwhelming number of Newcastle fans, media and neutrals clearly believe it to have been deliberate, Mike Ashley says it definitely wasn’t.
Quite bizarre that he seems determined to make such a big deal of this.
In terms of crimes against Newcastle United and the supporters, most fans would see this one as pretty far down the list.
Via The Mail, Mike Ashley’s people had claimed previously that there was no V sign and that his actions of recent days had somehow proved how ‘respectful’ he had been towards Newcastle fans: ‘Anybody who saw Match of the Day at the weekend will also be aware that Mike is actually very respectful in his reactions to fans.’
Quite remarkable when on Saturday, Ashley’s people had torn down fan banners outside the Gallowgate End depicting Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez, to the derision and anger of thousands of Newcastle fans present.
I especially love the fact that Ashley’s brief statement is accusing the media ‘of trying to undermine the club’, considering what Mike Ashley has done over these past 11 years to undermine NUFC, you surely can’t imagine his PR people being able to keep a straight face when they were writing this up!
Mike Ashley/Newcastle United Official Statement:
‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley would like to put the record straight in relation to press reporting of events following a dinner that he attended on Wednesday evening with Rafa Benitez and the players.
Mike Ashley said:
“I did not make a ‘V-sign’ to anyone.
“To suggest otherwise is both inaccurate and irresponsible.
“The matter is in the hands of our legal team and they will be contacting relevant newspaper editors in due course.
“It is hugely disappointing, given the reason why we set up the meeting, that certain elements of the media are trying to undermine the club by creating a story out of nothing.”