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Toon For Change protest group release statement as Mike Ashley gives away 10,000 NUFC season tickets

11 months ago

Toon For Change have released a statement on Monday evening.

The Mike Ashley protest group reacting to the latest move from the Newcastle United owner.

Ashley having announced that 10,000 (figure via Sky Sports) season tickets are to be given away FREE, to fill the empty seats.

As the thousands of empty seat are ruining the impact of Sports Direct advertising at St James Park, with the empty seats also a personal embarrassment for Mike Ashley as his actions have driven fans away.

Sunderland fans have reacted with ‘Free Ticket Mags’ derision as for so many years they were taunted with ‘Free Ticket Mackems’…

Toon For Change statement:

‘Toon For Change, a Newcastle United supporter group with 950 members has issued a statement regarding NUFC move to give away free half-season tickets

Following the lowest attendance at St James’ Park for a league match since November 2010 at the weekend, the club has announced today that it will give away free half-season tickets, in a desperate move from a hierarchy that is clearly on the ropes.

The thousands of empty seats week-in-week-out at St James’ Park are a result supporters vowing to not return to the stadium until Ashley sells our football club.

These same empty seats are an ongoing PR disaster for Mike Ashley, whose sports brand is now associated with an unhappy fanbase, that has been left with no option but to boycott their own stadium for emotional, not financial reasons.

Today’s move from the club is nothing more than a way to try and win over supporters.

We will continue to call on fans to stand their ground and remember that every empty seat send not only sends a message regarding Ashley, but also makes St James’ a less attractive proposition for broadcasters like Sky and BT.

This is typical Ashley, who is hoping that yet again we will just forgive and forget, while applying his bargain bin business model, to Newcastle United.’

Toon For Change


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