Date: 24th March 2020 at 12:00pm
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Many Newcastle United fans were left up in arms after Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group announced Sports Direct would remain open, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson putting the UK on lockdown.

Frasers Group contacted all employees on Monday evening following the announcement that the UK would be introducing strict measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

People are now only allowed to leave their homes to exercise once a day, travel to and from work when working from home is not possible, to fulfil any medical or care needs and to shop for essential goods.

Shops selling non-essential items were told they must close, but Frasers Group declared themselves to be “uniquely well placed” to aid those aiming to work out from home due to their vast array of sporting goods and would be keeping their doors open.

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Frasers Group’s decision sparked widespread fury on social media from politicians and leading public figures, with the Chair of the Labour Party Ian Lavery tweeting: “Who on earth does Mike Ashley think he is?

“He’s now prepared to endanger the life of his employees and the public at large. Selling sports wear is not a essential service. Take some responsibility SHUT UP SHOP.”

Similar statements flocked social media with views of frustration, shock and those completely not surprised to see something like this come from one of Ashley’s companies.

The relentless backlash led to a dramatic U-turn by Frasers Group, who have since confirmed that stores will not be open to the public.

But the initial stance left many up in arms on social media…

In other Newcastle United news, the club have been given a free path to sign a 29-cap international this summer.

 
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