Newcastle hit back at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over claims ‘bad owners’ like Mike Ashley are ‘ruining football’

NEWCASTLE have slammed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his criticism of Mike Ashley.

The Premier League club released a statement this afternoon hitting back at the MP, insisting their owner “has not taken a​ ​penny out of​ ​Newcastle United”.

Newcastle hit back at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over claims ‘bad owners’ like Mike Ashley are ‘ruining football’1 Newcastle have launched a fierce defence of owner Mike Ashley (right) after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (left) criticised him on a visit to the North East

Corbyn visited the North East city on Saturday and took aim at “billionaire owners” for ruining football – but the Magpies have retaliated by arguing they are “well-run, responsible ​club” in a fierce defence of their current ownership.

The Newcastle statement released on the club's website read: “We are disappointed by comments made by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the weekend regarding football governance and club ownership, in which he specifically attacked​ ​Newcastle​ ​United.

“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.

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