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Sky Reporter Gives Take On BZG Statement

There has been no reporting from either Sky Sports or the Chronicle about Peter Redding’s alleged statements from BZG. The statement has however been reported in the Sun and in outlets in Dubai among others.

After being asked on Twitter why there has been no reports of the BZG statement, Keith Downie of Sky Sports simply stated the following:

When questioned on Twitter about the statement at least being worthy of reporting whether true of false, Keith responded with:

He then goes further and asserts that he does not believe the statement because Peter Redding and the avenue used are unreliable:

When further pressed and asked what exactly he doesn’t believe, whether the statement is not from BZG or if BZG are lying, he clarified his initial statement with:

Many Newcastle supporters will feel exactly as Keith Downie does that releasing a statement like this, in this format, is very questionable. However the complete silence by Sky Sports and the Chronicle are very strange to say the least.

Also, I don’t think you want to go by the credo that you will only report what you believe to be true. That is for the audience to decide. And if your network is constantly trotting out the likes of Dennis Wise to pump up Mike Ashley, then you may not be following that credo too well.

149 comments so far

  • welshy14

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #41

    spot on there nedders

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #42

    Manager update from Mikey…

    We were defo after that Conceicao and had him in the bag until Charmless emailed him the deal…

    And started it with Dear Jaun Cornetto…

    Never heard from him since.

  • Nedders

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #43

    I don’t have a press badge, but I do have a bit of time this week so I am going to do my best to get a comment from the FA, PL or club itself. As I say, unless Ashley is now God Himself, it’s astonishing that nobody is willing to come forward and simply say “sorry, fans, we’re in discussions over a potential takeover – there are still issues, which cannot be discussed in public, but we will give an update every day until the deal is either agreed, or called off.”

    As far as I can tell, unless Mike Ashley has successfully gagged everyone at the club, from the cleaner to Charnley and the three other employees, then anybody can say “yep, seems to be a takeover, no idea what’s happening though”. People can easily, and in their droves, say “well, I signed an NDA, so can’t really talk about it”. That in itself is NOT a breach of any NDA, if one even exists. NDA’s are there to protect confidential info; in reality, only Ashley, Barnes, Charnley would need to sign one at NUFC. There doesn’t appear to be one BZG side, simply because they haven’t said as much.

    It’s all so fcuking absurd, abstract and almost deliberately misleading that it makes ZERO sense. Ashley is a goddam nut-job, the man should be locked up and have his assets frozen.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #44

    Bills Son Is Back has officially gone insane, he can’t hack it that Mikey is well and truly officially a cnut, well sorry to break it to you Bill’s me auld foe, he is and you know it, you just can’t admit it!

  • BENNY 10

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #45

    For some strange reason I find the barbers tweet reassuring. Back for pre season, in for a 1 back and sides Monday after training and chat about the takeover? Seems plausible

  • Toon Cat

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #46

    Although things may come to a head soon in other ways, if Ashley actually does appoint a manager then that would be a pretty definite signal that any takeover this summer or in the near future is off. As long as we stumble along in chaos, managerless and not buying any players, there’s hope .

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #47

    Jail – Bills, I bet you’re sitting in your Lonsdale pj’s right now drinking from your SD mug,violently shaking and wondering when you’re ever going to leave a sensible post again!

    You’ll never make a comedian, but boy… you are some psychic.

    You’ll be guessing what colour me shreddies are next.

    The SD one’s with Mikey’s face on the back.

  • beefman13

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #48

    Bills me old son, reign it in a touch, u n munster are on the verge of a blog breakdown haha, thought munster was going to do a Peter pan last night out the top window, the hyenas are circling, that’s how i see them, don’t worry there all gob n no trousers, Boycott! Boycott! Boycott!, yada yada yada!!!!

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #49

    Well if I wasn’t already praying for takeover I am now. According to the Telegraph, Alex Bruce has started following NUFC on twitter.

    That’s all we need beach ball head in charge, still it will absolutely lead to a boycott.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #50

    Over to our correspondent in the Middle East…

    “I’ve just heard on the wireless that the Sheik is just two camel race winners away from having enough dosh to call Mikey and tell him can he wait until the next four funerals and a wedding are over and he’ll crack on with the deal”

    Don’r shoot the messenger.

    I’m not telling Mikey…

    Because he’ll blaaa me heed off.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #51

    gob n no trousers beefman13, you hated Rafa for standing up to Mike Ashley, you carry on buying your £65 shirt and being afraid of sailing off the west coast of America in case you go tumbling of the edge of the earth.

  • #BleachTheLeech

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #52

    @ashLIE is a joker

    Good lad.


    We are. They’ve tweeted the same as have many others.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #53

    Beefman……… Do you really believe the earth to be flat?

  • one fine day

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #54


    Comment #32
    Why aren’t you tying in with TMG, we’re all supposed to be in this together, the problem is, with so many splinter groups we are not united, 17 minutes, 59 minutes, 69, minutes, full boycott etc

    This is the reason all the protests last time around just looked embarrassing.
    it has to be just don’t go to arsenal … simple message.
    all these walk in at 11 mins walk in at half time,walk out on 63 …ffs
    will just look to the rest of the world the geordies are doing some mad hokie kokie ..might as well sing the shola song while we do it.
    I think like all modern warfare 90% of this is won with hearts n minds .
    The PR battle is where this is won or lost .
    crowd fund a massive full page add in the local papers.national press if need be.
    as long as its honest and factual no one can be sued.
    Those not on social media will at least be informed as to why its time to stand up and not give him any more cash either through nufc or any of his tatt empire.
    Not only that people need to understand that the boycott arsenal has nothing whatsoever to do with depriving him revenue .Bobbybee and co understand this as he already has their money.
    It is about embarrassing him in the way he has embarrassed us for the last 12 years.
    those stickers posters all over the toon are a great idea.
    Think it was crawford the other day who asked a guy (his two kids were in the new shirts and he had renewed) why? the guys answer was “mike ashley is not going to force me out and stop me supporting my team !!!”
    I struggled to even think of words but complete and utter ignorance were the best ones i could think of.
    The last thing ashley wants is to force us from supporting our team ..its the massive crowds that get sky showing our games around the world and the goons wandering around the shop buying either the nastiest looking kit ever (saying something when you look at the ones since adidas) or topping up their charva wardrobe.
    #boycott Arsenal
    It really is the most simple of messages .I just don’t know what else anyone needs to understand

  • #BleachTheLeech

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #55

    @ofd look at comment #52

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #56

    Jabba is treating us the same way he has treat his tat shops over the years
    Every time there’s bother have a sale
    It’s why his tat shops always have sales

    He’s running us the same way he runs tat shops

    It makes sense if you look at it that way,
    You’d think someone with so much money would have a few brain cells to rub together but it seems being a “positive” guy is enough

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #57

    “All we are saying is give TRUTH a chance.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #58

    I’ll be honest, I was sceptical when people were saying a dentist was in the know cos people might have been talking to him in the surgery.

    I’m far more certain of a barber knowing stuff. I mean, it’s a natural topic of conversation. ‘So, where did you go on your holidays? Any top secret snippets on takeover shenanigans?’

    After all, how are you supposed to say anything to a dentist when he has his fingers wrapped around your tonsils?

    *disclaimer – I know Neil Mitchell is not your average dentist

  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #59

    Reet so weve got an hour and 10 mins for takeover to happen today … are we writing today off and going for friday … again.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #60

    Mikey’s had his PR moneys worth of this shill for today.

    Any overtime I get is going to be donated to the Boycott…

    Where is Geoffrey’s do again??

    Wouldn’t miss it.

    So many people on here going… it’ll be lovely to meet up and see each other in person.

    Bet Jail wears a rug, has rotten teeth and a helluva beer gut with his belly sticking out under his Ashley Oot t-shirt.

    Heard his party trick he can fart and burp in perfect succession three times on the trot.

    Four on a good day.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #61

    Does anyone know any adult who has actually paid £65 and bought a new shirt to wear ?
    Is there a Hall of Shame for them ?

    I daresay some have been bought for the bairns but even that’s a tough call bearing in mind what’s going on.

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #62

    So the next time he decides to “sell” us think about why SD has sales and think about how believable those sales are

    Then you will understand what he actually means by “ selling “ the club


  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #63

    Just when I thought the reign of the Tapeworm couldn’t get any more unbearable.

    Some people are as funny as a broken glass enema.

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #64

    It’s also the reason I bang on about stuff like that parliament stuff
    He’s not going to leave willingly
    Not ever

    It’s our best hope of Jabba ever going

  • one fine day

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #65

    Thats great and the more retweets the better.
    But i still think a huge amount of our fan base are not on social media or at least twitter,some are getting their info only from the club site and apps or follow just the epl sites etc.
    Have to say so far being disappointing in the true geordie .
    club is on the verge of a melt down day after day and we are trying to fight back ,but every update i see on his insta is simply about fc@king ufc or boxing ??? .Yet he would be a guy who could reach so many locally and nationally with a single post
    Have dm him twice asking if he supports boycott and nothing. Not holding my breath

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #66

    So honestly if you have any notion of supporting the toon think about spending a few minutes finding out who your local MP is
    And sending them an email
    You don’t have to Wordsworth tell them your concerns and ask them to represent you in parliament in regards to the bill

    It’s going to take you 5 mins what’s there to lose?

  • Bedford Mag

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #67

    I heard that a barber in the toon who cuts the players’ hair was told by some players that the takeover is happening tomorrow & mourinho to be announced soon after. No source, no real belief, but fingers crossed.

  • beefman13

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #68

    Lochinvar, give £1 to St Oswalds for every new toon shirt you see on 11th august at SJP, Like you say there won’t be hardly any?

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #69

    Or just sit back and watch him turn the whole place into personal profit
    For as long as he likes

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #70


    If parliament is truly our best chance then we’re totally screwed.

    Even if the bill passes you’re looking at over a year before it does and then as I have mentioned before, politicians love money and can be bought.

  • one fine day

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #71

    Comment #61
    I think crawford (could be wrong) mentioned he had seen a guy with both kids wearing them .
    see post 54 so i don’t repeat my self .

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #72

    After 12 years of this , for those who still care
    Your really going to give him the benefit of the doubt?
    If he sells that emails forgotten

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #73


    If we’re back here till n 5 years and you didn’t send it exactly what’s next ?
    It costs nothing

    Why not ?

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #74

    Was anyone at this match in Jan 2008 when Mike Ashley came to sit with the Toon Fans in the Away end?
    I was there and did actually shake Mike Ashley’s hand . Little did I know the misery which was to ensue.
    BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Stoke 0-0 Newcastle – BBC News
    6 Jan 2008 – Stoke City force an FA Cup third-round replay against Newcastle after an … The game lacked quality and only came to life in the second period
    The only good thing Mike Ashley has ever done for this Club was take steps to get the wage bill down by getting rid of all the high paid prima donnas and stopped us from becoming the next Leeds Utd , the first time we were relegated.

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #75

    The only reasons against are ones the PR would have you believe
    He’s not leaving

    If by some miracle he goes his time here will come back to haunt him, you want him to lesve Scott free ?

    If there was a 1% chance it’s enough

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #76

    Is it a sign?

    Was in the garden today tidying up and doing other chores. About dusk I was admiring my efforts when, and I swear to God, Geordie our Toon garden gnome suddenly arose from his kneeling position and did a Shearer air punch before returning to his kneeling position.
    Could this be a sign that the takeover is on. I’m not very good at assessing these types of incidents, would it be possible for perhaps Robleenio or EGB to give their assessments.

    Too dark to get a photo of Geordie but have provided a shop photo of him as below.


  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #77


    I have emailed already.

    But waiting for that is not the only thing we need the boycott and we need to be proactive.

    We can retain some small hope until we’re told no deal and still have plans in place to show him and his media pals that enough is enough now.

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #78

    He sees us as just another tat shop
    We are run that way, we might as well be called SD

    Everything he does is what he would do if we were just another tat shop

    Send the email or live with yourself if you dont

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #79

    Droopy good on you I’ve done the same
    Protests come next he loves them

    We need to give him s reason to see we’re not worth it, or he will simply go on asset stripping

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #80

    Bedford Mag, yeah I was taking the p!ss before but this guy has a nice shop on High Bridge, appears to be a high end barber and could well have some high-end clients. He also doesn’t hide behind his social media profile, it tells you in detail who he is, so he’s open to ridicule (and poo parcels) if he’s lying.

    My point is, why would he put something like that out there if he wasn’t confident in it?

    Then again, why have all the other folk done the same?

    The downside I see in the statement from BZG today is that if the takeover was imminent, why would they bother? Personally, I think it means there is a takeover in the offing, but that it could be a while off yet.

    In the meantime, we exist in some kind of perpetual pergatory, doing nothing and achieving less as players, fans and club staff become more and more disheartened.

    The one thing which can put a smile on everyone’s faces again is a club sale. At this point, I think they could appoint Pep and spend £200M on players and we’d still go “Yeah, but Ashley’s still here”.


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