Newcastle United have banned the Daily Telegraph and their journalist Luke Edwards from the club with immediate effect, and that follows Luke’s article earlier this week that said Mike Ashley was ready to sell Newcastle to invest more in Rangers.
And would you believe it – that’s what has just happened and a club statement issued today on the Newcastle web-site read as follows:
“The reports by Luke Edwards on 11th September, and again today (12th September), are wholly inaccurate and written with the intention of unsettling the Club, players and its supporters.”“This is disgraceful journalism for which the Club and its supporters should receive a full and unreserved apology from those concerned.¨
“The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United.”“For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price. The Club cannot be stronger in stating its position on this matter.¨
“It is not acceptable for newspapers to print factually inaccurate reports that are damaging to the Club and to fail to check facts with Newcastle United ahead of publication and then expect to receive access to the Club.¨
“Newcastle United will not tolerate this and will take such action as it deems appropriate.¨ “The ban extends to all reporters working for, or freelancing on behalf of, the Daily Telegraph, as well as Luke Edwards in any capacity he may have working for the paper’s sister title or on a freelance basis.”
Newcastle have now banned five newspapers over the last year, and it follows the ban of NCJ Media (Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun) and that of the Sunday Express.
In our coverage of the Telegraph report we said the following:
¨If the Telegraph report is not true we would expect the club to come out and say so via a statement – and silence would infer the report is pretty much accurate.¨
We did put an article out a couple of days ago Bursting The Bubble – Why Mike Ashley Will Not Sell Newcastle where we listed the reasons we didn’t think Ashley would want to sell Newcastle United.
The basics of the article were that Mike was onto too good a thing at Newcastle, with all the world-wide publicity Sports Direct get from their advertising signs, which are placed all over St. James’ Park, and that he would not get the same level of publicity with Rangers – even if they were in the Champions League.
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