#BoycottArsenal: Newcastle fans threaten Mike Ashley protest by avoiding Premier League opener

Newcastle United now know they will be without popular manager Rafa Benitez for the upcoming 2019/20 season.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 12:39 pm
Will fans of Newcastle United boycott the club's first game of the Premier League season against Arsenal.

Mike Ashley, the club’s much-maligned owner, failed assure former Champions League winning Benitez of the Tyneside club’s ambition.

Tensions between the Toon Army and Sports Direct’s CEO have been high for a number of seasons following two relegations in Ashley’s 12-year tenure.

And many Newcastle supporters, continually angered by the club’s hierarchy, see the former Real Madrid’s boss’ departure announcement as the final straw.

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But will Newcastle fans really boycott the club’s opening Premier League fixture against Arsenal at St. James’s Park? Here’s what supporters said:

@NUFCNICKY: “I travel from Dublin with my father and 7 year old boy for games at least 4-5 times a season, won’t be attending another game until Ashley is gone.”

@AdamProcter1995: “Definitely not returning until Mike has gone.”

@Adam_Hassan909: “Why is it even a question? People can’t hate him that much to then give him £700+.”

@BillBobbins1: “Tickets cancelled so definitely.”

@Lee18_92Johnson: “Yes currently absolutely no way I’d walk through the turnstiles unless the clubs sold.”

@Nick_Harrison8: “I’ve been planning my first trip to England and St. James Park (my dream) but that has all been put on hold until Ashley is gone.”

@TilehurstsOwn: “If Ashley is still at the club I’m boycotting until he’s gone.”

@toondave2015: “Boycott them all why just one game ? When will we learn that by turning up and paying for season tickets we are feeding the rot.”

@baccypouch: “100% will not be at the arsenal game, enough is enough.”

@NUFC_OurClub: “Not going back until Ashley is gone. 100%. We need to start picketing games asking other fans not to go too. We need to drive this parasite out for the greater good. I'm prepared to sacrifice a season or two not going for that!”