Mike Ashley hosted Rafa, the staff and players to an Italian dinner on Wednesday night at the Rialto restaurant in Ponteland.
It was an attempt by Ashley to get on better terms with the playing staff at the club.
When he was leaving the restaurant after what was reported to have been a positive get together – he was met with banners of Ashley Out by fans as the Magpie Group continue their protests against the owner.
As he was leaving the restaurant, it looked like Ashley had given the V sign to the supporters and that was given lots of exposure in the media yesterday.
Mike Ashley – issues statement
Ashley has issued a statement on this on the Newcastle website:
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley would like to put the record straight in relation to press reporting of events following a dinner that he attended on Wednesday evening with Rafa Benítez and the players.
Mike Ashley said:
“I did not make a ‘V-sign’ to anyone. To suggest otherwise is both inaccurate and irresponsible.”
“The matter is in the hands of our legal team and they will be contacting relevant newspaper editors in due course.”
“It is hugely disappointing, given the reason why we set up the meeting, that certain elements of the media are trying to undermine the club by creating a story out of nothing.”
Let’s hope Ashley doesn’t ban elements of the media or some other silly thing he’s done in the past.
On another topic – we hope Newcastle can get something out of the game tomorrow afternoon at Old Trafford, but fans are not very confident.