Newcastle United Continue Their War On Journalists

Richard Keys, now at beIN Sports and formerly at Sky Sports,  is the latest journalist who is being targeted by Newcastle, in their bid to go after journalists who either report things Newcastle don’t want reported, or are reporting rubbish, which are probably thinly veiled attempts to sell their stuff,  but they also damage the still good name of Newcastle United.

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Richard Keys – in hot water at Newcastle

Since sensational stuff in football doesn’t happen every day, sometimes it has to be made up to keep people interested.

Richard is in trouble with Newcastle for a tweet made by about Ben Arfa and Alan Pardew, and Richard said  the player had chinned the manager in the dressing room – but that didn’t happen – and it seems Newcastle may be taking legal action against the presenter.

This the tweet Keys is in trouble for:

“Heard Ben Arfa chinned Pardew. If that’s the case one or the other will have to go.”

The Mail today is reporting  the Tyneside club have reported the comments to the Premier League and also to Keys’ management at beIN  Sports.

But Richard is right in that one must go – and it looks like Ben Arfa will be sold in the summer – so we’ll lose our most creative and exciting player – that’s true when Ben Arfa is on song.

And as Newcastle have done with a lot of other journalists, like ncjMedia, Keys is having his access to Newcastle players and other staff restricted until the matter is resolved, and Newcastle want Keys to retract his statement, and also apologize to the club.

Newcastle seem to be aggressively going after journalists who report stuff detrimental to the club, and to protect the good name of Newcastle United.

We’ve noticed there is a lot more legal action taken in the UK on things like slander and the like, but there’s very little of it here in the US, since a good defense is to cite the first amendment – some of which is protecting free speech – and it’s hard to get any legal success regarding things like slander.

Newcastle still have a number of journalists restricted in their coverage of the club, and in the minutes of last Monday night’s Fans Forum meeting, the restrictions on ncjMedia – the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun – will apparently continue indefinitely.

That doesn’t sound good to us somehow.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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24 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    May 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1


    it must be true

  • lesh

    May 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley seems to have modelled his regime on North Korea!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    “chinned” – If it is true, and he “chinned” Pardew, Hatem either punches like a girl and is weak as a kitten, or Pardew has remarkable Wolverine-esque powers of healing.

    A scuffle, possibly, but “chinned”….. Keys is a bit of a knob.

  • theartfuldodger

    May 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    How much time before Ashley moderates or punishes comments on this blog…

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    I, who follows all news NUFC as best I can hadn’t heard anything about this or dismissed as rumour when someone on here said he’d chinned him, now every sports fan in the country knows about it, is it really the journos giving us a bad name !

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe this was why the team were so upset he walked back into the team.

    The lads talented but sporadic. No where near consistent enough at this level.

    Time for you to jog on Benny and give someone else a go.

  • derekm

    May 16, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Must be true because here he is training before the event!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    He couldn’t moderate or punish comments on this blog. Have you not read the fans forum minutes, where the club stated that to allow a comments section on their articles would require too much added cost and man power to implement and manage (Obviously nothing to do with the entire threads of abuse similar to their twitter feed).

    Lucky Ed has a huge team of staff to operate this comments section!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Everyone knows that there are idiots who start stupid rumours because they think it’s fun. You’d think Richard Keys would know better than to spread one around…

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10


    Well what would be the point in having comments on the official NUFC site? Even if things were good it would open the way for mackems to come on and abuse us so it would just turn a professional site into a slanging match. Pointless.

  • Graeme

    May 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Lee Marshall has his work cut out censoring the selected fans groups concerns never mind a free reign for people to tell them what we think.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    So why not say that? Rather than stating the cost of putting it in place and the man power. I’m not sure what your point is really, it was a not particularly serious comment related to artful’s not so serious comment about Ashley monitoring the blog. Way to sensitive a response to what was a throwaway post mate. Relax mate.

  • Average_Contents

    May 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14


    I said as much lastnight mate, we are a dictatorship nowadays with any form of dissent or a negative story against the regime punishable by being threatened with legal action and banned until they either fall in line or retract it!

    It’s getting silly as most media outlets and other news sources print stories and transfer news about all clubs around the globe, it doesn’t necessarily mean what they say is true, but to pull up every single story is just getting beyond silly, next it’ll be contacting papers about newcastle featuring in gossip columns regarding transfers ya know the ones I mean, it’s pathetic tbh and their shouting from the rooftops just makes them seem petty

    Does my nut in!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Didn’t mean to right mate twice at the end of that!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    See post 7.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17


    Good post about those Pardew “tells”.

    As for Remy, he’s been our best player this season and so it seems to me it’s irrelevant footballwise whether he’s on loan or permanent.

    As for us being a selling club and not replacing, or replacing too late, the club seem to identify their targets months if not years in advance. They won’t pay over the odds and won’t waste money by being forced into “rash” buys like Spurs to placate impatient fans. Signings like Tiote and Cabaye were excellent.

    At least that seems to be the policy, although I’m not convinced they’re singing from the same sheet any longer. Pardew might be having a bigger say. Managers should. However, it scares me when our manager is Pardew and if he is identifying players.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Don’t know what Ma$hl€y has done to upset The Mail but they seem to be gunning for us.

  • Average_Contents

    May 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19


    I posted that story lastnight as I thought, like you, it summed it up perfectly mate

  • wynsleap

    May 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    In the Sun today, a transfers section says that “Pardew hasn’t got much money to spend in the window”.
    That’ll be the club owned by a £3.75 billion owner with regular gates of 50,000 and approx £90mill. just raked in for TV rights, league placings and the Cabaye transfer then?
    When will Toon fans wake up and smell the bu*****t engendered by this money grabbing, megalomaniac?
    STOP GOING and funding this guy.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 16, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #21

    This whole ‘not targeting the cups’ thing is getting on my wick. Even Rob Lee has chipped in. Sure, he was a fantastic NUFC player, but he doesn’t seem to be the brightest tool in the box…remember the rumour of how KK convinced him to join us?

    So people keep saying we didn’t take the tie against Cardiff seriously, when we rotated clear starters Krul, Remy, Cabaye, Colo and Debuchy for Elliot, Cisse, Anita, Saylor and Haidara. Hardly putting out the kids…

    In the same round, Everton rested Mirallas, Lukaku, Pienaar, Howard, Distin and possibly others (but won) while Southampton rested Rodriquez, Lallana and probably others (and just won) while West Ham put out virtually a youth team and got stuffed.

    Spurs appear to have put out close to a full strength team is Spurs and that was Sherwood’s first game in charge against Arsenal, so he had to really! But they lost to Arsenal who had rotated several players…

    So, blame the players for not beating Cardiff and until we put out a youth team (like West Ham did), then the arguments saying we don’t want to win a cup are just ridiculous.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22


    I don’t follow your argument. The club are telling us they’re not interested in the cups. When NUFC are not interested in the FA CUP something is sadly wrong.

    Mikey is free to put out whatever substandard side he wants in the cups and I am free to do something else on a Saturday.

  • north east lincs toon

    May 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Always thought is Richard keys is right dopey twat so it dos’not suprise me

  • Wandering Geordie

    May 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    And it’s only a matter of time before Ashley finds a way to take this and many other Nufc sites wiped from the web.

    Whats the news on Valentin Stocker from Basel A left sidde midfield/Winger?


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