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Newcastle United supporters group backs Jeremy Corbyn in dispute with owner Mike Ashley

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Jeremy Corbyn has been backed in his dispute with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley by the Magpie Group, which is urging the billionaire to sell the club.

Corbyn drew an angry response from the Newcastle hierarchy to his claim earlier this week that owners like Ashley are ruining football, with the club again stating that he had not taken a penny out of the business other than money provided in the form of interest-free loans.

However, the Magpie Group has chosen to highlight its complaint that money is effectively taken out of the club in the shape of unsigned commercial deals because Ashley wants all the focus to be on his Sports Direct brand.

Ashley has belatedly agreed to pay £2 million a year for the Sports Direct signs that cover every spare surface at St James’ Park, but the Magpie Group argues he is also depriving the club of money through retail sales which are controlled by his sport shop.

The Group said in a statement: “In response to NUFC’s statement [re: Jeremy Corbyn’s comments], we feel it is blatantly obvious that Mike Ashley has put his business interests above everything else.
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