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We asked Newcastle fans did Mike Ashley make a V-Sign or was it an innocent gesture? Overwhelming result

8 months ago
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Yesterday we asked Newcastle fans the question: Did Mike Ashley make a V-Sign towards Newcastle fans?

The club’s owner exiting the restaurant on Wednesday night and scurrying away from the small group of Newcastle fans who’d gathered.

Then sitting in a people carrier and as the fans chanted ‘Where’s the money gone?’, he formed two fingers into a V at the side of his face.

The instant reaction of the world and his dog appeared to be that this was a V-Sign to fans, video footage and stills (see below) that quickly spread around social media.

In a very strange turn of events, Mike Ashley went to the lengths of releasing an official statement denying this had been a V-Sign, adding that his legal people would be getting in touch with newspapers regarding the matter.

The images clearly show the two fingers moving into a V shape but was it a V-Sign?

Only Mike Ashley knows for sure but what did Newcastle fans think in our poll?

The result could hardly be more resounding:

88% – Yes Mike Ashley made a V-Sign

12% – No it was a totally innocent gesture

All very bizarre that Mike Ashley is making so much of this and actually succeeding in blowing it up into a far bigger story than it otherwise would have been.

The Mag – 4 October 2018:

Mike Ashley isn’t happy.

The PR stunt on Wednesday night ended with the wrong kind of headlines.

Both fans and media astonished to see the owner lose his cool outside the restaurant and make a V with his fingers as Newcastle fans chanted ‘Where’s the money gone?’, only for Thursday night to see the NUFC owner release an official statement (see below) saying that to suggest he made e a V-Sign was ‘inaccurate and irresponsible.’

The video and photo below make clear that his fingers did form a ‘V’ but was it a V-Sign?

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 Benítez 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.”

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