Mike Ashley gets abuse in Directors Box as Newcastle fan blocked by security before reaching him – Report
Mike Ashley made it six in a row on Saturday.
The Newcastle United going to his sixth match off the belt, having previously boycotted NUFC matches for the previous 13 months.
It was sixth time lucky for Ashley as Newcastle beat Watford 1-0 and prevented the team breaking all kinds of unwelcome records, including becoming the first ever English top flight club to lose their first six home league games in a season.
However, on Sunday night it is reported that a Newcastle fan allegedly abused Mike Ashley in the Directors Box during Saturday’s match.
The Mail saying that a ‘club source’ had told them that the NUFC supporter had then tried to confront the club’s owner but was ‘removed’ by club security before reaching him.
A bit of a strange coincidence as it was only on Friday that another newspaper exclusive (see below) reported that Mike Ashley had been confronted and abused by a Newcastle fan in London. That report saying a Newcastle supporter had confronted Ashley in the Paradise Indian restaurant in Hampstead , North West London, the same restaurant where the NUFC owner met Amanda Staveley last December amidst claims she was leading a group interested in buying the football club.
Not sure to make of all this as it sounds a bit too much of a coincidence to have the two events happening so close together.
Feelings are obviously running high against Mike Ashley but it does sound a little bit similar to back when Kevin Keegan was forced out in 2008.
Seemingly to elicit sympathy outside the north east, Mike Ashley claimed a decade ago that police had warned him to stay away from Newcastle matches because of threats against him (Ashley’s) and his family, only for it later to emerge that the police had not said any such thing to the club’s owner.
The Mail – Sunday 4 November 2018:
Security guards were forced to intervene after a Newcastle fan in the directors’ box attempted to confront Mike Ashley.
Sportsmail understands the supporter was making his way up the steps next to Ashley when he verbally abused the owner before being removed during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford.
Ashley has security personnel stood behind his seat at St James’ Park given the strength of feeling against him amid continued protests and a planned boycott.
A club source said:
‘Something was directed towards Mike Ashley in the directors’ box and the individual was moved away.
‘Mike had a really enjoyable day and was delighted that Rafa, Jamaal (Lascelles) and the players secured their first win of the season.’
The Mag – Friday 2 November 2018:
An interesting exclusive on Friday morning regarding Mike Ashley.
It is reported that the Newcastle United owner was involved in a heated confrontation with a Newcastle fan at a restaurant.
Last month of course saw Mike Ashley confronted by Newcastle fans in Ponteland, when leaving after a PR stunt that saw him having a meal with Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle players.
On that occasion the supporters told him to leave Newcastle United and the NUFC owner responded with a two finger gesture once safely inn is car, though he later claimed it was two fingers but not a two finger gesture…
In this latest incident, a Newcastle fan is reported to have approached Ashley and after at first welcoming the attention, it all kicked off when the NUFC supporter called the owner ‘a parasite’ and advised him to ‘get out the club and the city.’
Mike Ashley said to then have turned bright red in embarrassment and to have threatened the Newcastle fan ‘I’ll knock you out you f…ing p…k. Get the f… out of here. F… off before I knock you out.’
A spokesman for Mike Ashley confirmed that the incident took place.
The Newcastle fan and those he was with, were then asked to leave the restaurant.
Interestingly, it was the Paradise restaurant in Hampstead, North West London, where this confrontation took place.
The same Paradise restaurant where Mike Ashley met Amanda Staveley last December, when Mike Ashley was supposedly willing to sell the club and Amanda Staveley was supposedly fronting a group that were interested in buying NUFC.
It is The Sun who have carried (curried?) the exclusive and interestingly, it was they who were also tipped off by whoever last December and had the exclusive on the photos of Staveley and Ashley at the restaurant.
Sounds like a waiter might be getting a few extra quid due to tips…
‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley launched into an expletive-filled tirade in a curry house and threatened to “knock out” a fan who goaded him.
The billionaire retail boss, 54, initially shook hands with the Magpies supporter when he came over to introduce himself.
But Ashley’s mood flipped when the fan called him a “parasite” and told him to “get out the club and the city” of Newcastle.
A witness said Ashley blasted back: “I’ll knock you out you f…ing p…k. Get the f… out of here.
“F… off before I knock you out.”
The fan and his party were then asked to leave by the management at Paradise restaurant in Hampstead, North West London.
The witness added: “Ashley thought the fan was coming to say hello, but then realised what was happening.
“He went bright red, screwed his face up and turned the air blue with his ranting.”
A spokesman for Ashley confirmed he was having a meal when approached by “an individual who became threatening, aggressive and offensive”.’
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