Jeremy Corbyn launches ANOTHER heated tirade at Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Jeremy Corbyn has launched another tirade at Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley - claiming he is running the club ‘into the ground.’

Thursday, 31st October 2019, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st October 2019, 1:03 pm
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

The Labour leader is gearing-up for a General Election in December and, while kicking-off his campaign for the upcoming election, has aimed another dig at Ashley.

Corbyn previously hit out at billionaire owners of football clubs, mentioning Ashley by name, and claimed they were “ruining our game”.

His comments prompted the club to release a statement defending their owner.

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It read: "Amongst his comments, Mr Corbyn accused ‘billionaire owners like Mike Ashley’ of ‘ruining our national game’, claiming these ‘bad owners’ put their ‘business interests above everything else’ and risk their clubs’ financial security.

"In overlooking existing governance and regulation, as well as the hugely positive impact Newcastle United and other professional clubs have in their communities, Mr Corbyn has demonstrated a surprising lack of knowledge about our national game.

"We feel, therefore, it is important to address his damaging and misinformed opinions in the interests of the club and its supporters.

"Financially, other than sums provided to the club on a short-term, interest-free basis and repaid to him as intended, we would like to make it clear that Mike Ashley has not taken a penny out of Newcastle United in interest, salary or dividend, as is customary at many clubs.

"We will not apologise for being financially sustainable, but we will push the boundaries of our budgets as far as possible to maximise the impact on the team.

“We agree with Mr Corbyn that ‘a football club is more than just a club; it is an institution at the heart of our communities’.”

But Corbyn has not been deterred, and has again hit out at Ashley after being asked which ‘side he was on’ while launching Labour’s election campaign.

Corbyn replied: “The bad bosses, like Mike Ashley - the billionaire who won’t pay his staff properly and is even running Newcastle United into the ground?

“Or his exploited workforce - like the woman who was reportedly forced to give birth in a warehouse toilet because she was terrified of missing her shift.

“Who’s side are you on?”