Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fans Behind the Boycott Explain What They Want; the Plans to Boycott Newcastle United's Game on Sunday Have the Support of AshleyOut.com - but What Do They Want? Here, the People Behind the Group Speak about Their Intentions

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fans Behind the Boycott Explain What They Want; the Plans to Boycott Newcastle United's Game on Sunday Have the Support of AshleyOut.com - but What Do They Want? Here, the People Behind the Group Speak about Their Intentions

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WE asked the people behind AshleyOut.com to set out why they set up the website, what they want and how they intend to do it. Here is their statement in full: "As an increasingly disfigured Newcastle United becomes less recognisable to its own fans, the last remaining vestiges of its identity and soul rest with its supporters. It is therefore incumbent upon them to fight for the preservation of the club we knew, loved and filled us with pride.

"AshleyOut.com is challenging the principles of Mike Ashley, the man responsible for the reduction of a sporting institution to a subjugated marketing tool of his retailing empire.

"We see the boycott of Sunday's game against Tottenham Hotspur as the beginning of our campaign and we are prepared to endure whatever it will take to reclaim the club we loved from Ashley's grasp.

"We are aware a lot of fans who will not attend on Sunday are season ticket holders. Meanwhile, matchday revenue pales in significance compared to TV deals.

"The boycott, however, provides an opportunity to illustrate the fact Newcastle United supporters have not been irrevocably castrated, its supporters are not helpless and they will not obediently stand for, and support, what the club is becoming. A reminder we are a football club with aspirations, hopes and dreams.

"The campaign is a coordinated effort to force change. #BoycottSpurs originated from outside our group but it is very much the sort of idea we will back in the weeks and months to come.

"We are in dialogue with other fan groups to discuss future methods and execution of protests. The details in these plans cannot be revealed at this moment in time but our aim is to not only target St James' Park and match days, but other business interests of Mike Ashley.

"What do we hope to achieve? A common argument is the club has no prospective buyers.

"We firmly believe the club remains an attractive proposition to buyers and are certain of the fact Mike Ashley has declined to sell the club in the past, even when the club was allegedly up for sale. …

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