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Saturday 10 December 2016

Magpies hit back at TV claims that Sports Direct get club cash

Newcastle head coach John Carver is to meet two fans with whom he became involved in an angry exchange
Newcastle head coach John Carver is to meet two fans with whom he became involved in an angry exchange

Newcastle have hit back at suggestions in a television documentary that owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct business is taking money out of the club.

The Dispatches programme The Secrets of Sports Direct, which was broadcast by Britain's Channel 4 on Monday evening, looked at the retail relationship between the sportswear business and the club.

However, officials at St James' Park have accused the programme makers of misleading supporters, who are currently waging a campaign against Ashley which on Saturday spread to Sport Direct when protesters gathered outside its Northumberland Street branch in the city.

In a statement, the club said: "For the purpose of clarity, we can reconfirm that 100 per cent of the income from goods bought in the club's official stores and on its website are received by the club and not Sports Direct, as the Dispatches programme claimed.

"In simple terms, the club receives more money as a result of this relationship."

Fans have stayed away in their thousands from Newcastle's last two home games after campaigners called for a boycott in response to the news that the club banked more than £4million in addition to recording profits of £18.7million during the last financial year amid anger over a perceived lack of investment in the playing staff.

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