Newcastle United have come out and issued a club statement, and once again it seems the Telegraph was the instigator of the story on Newcastle and Rangers not bring able to play together in Europe should both qualify in the future – and their report that UEFA had issued a ruling on the matter was simply not true..
Mike Ashley – Newcastle Owner
This is the statement issued by Newcastle”
Caught lying again (The Telegraph)
Newcastle United feels it has been left with no alternative but to respond to a report published by The Telegraph yesterday, headlined ‘Newcastle and Rangers will not be able to play in Europe together next season because of Mike Ashley.
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The article stated that ‘UEFA have confirmed Newcastle United and Rangers will not be allowed to play in Europe together, even if they qualify for different competitions, because of Mike Ashley’s involvement in the running of both clubs.’
When contacted by the Club today, UEFA confirmed in writing as follows:
“UEFA has not made any statement on specific clubs.
“With regard to your query, we kindly refer you to Article 3 of our competition regulations (Integrity of the competition) related among other to multi-ownership.
“We do not have any further comment to make on this.”
The Club issued a statement on 12th September, 2014, confirming it had banned Luke Edwards and all reporters working for, or on behalf of, the Daily Telegraph with immediate effect following reports published in its paper which were wholly inaccurate and written with the intention of unsettling the Club, players and its supporters.
Yesterday’s article is another example of the same journalist and title printing factually inaccurate reports that are potentially disruptive and are damaging to the Club.
The Club will make no further comment on this issue.
The bold type is what Newcastle have in their statement today.
The fact the Telegraph said that UEFA had issued the ruling is what got them into trouble, because the European organization had done no such thing.
But you you can surmise by looking at the current rules of UEFA and Article 3 that in fact what the Telegraph published could turn out to be accurate in the future.
The rules of competition of two clubs essentially owned by the same person are not crystal clear – other than they cannot compete against each other, and it’s still a question if Mike Ashley pursues his interest in Rangers how it could affect Newcastle United’s future in Europe.
But safe to say that Luke Edwards isn’t the most popular person in the Newcastle United Board room right now.
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