Newcastle United supporters have flocked to a recent update surrounding disgraced owner Mike Ashley this week.
According to iNews, the Magpies chief’s retail empire tops HMRC’s ‘hit list’ as they investigate complaints over ‘abuse of the furlough scheme’ from staff.
It’s claimed that tax officials are considering an investigation into the billionaire’s businesses that may lead to the Treasury clawing back millions in furlough payments.
At the beginning of lockdown in March, Ashley tried to suggest that Sports Direct was an “essential store” that needed to stay open but then performed a u-turn after criticism, admitting his actions were “ill-judged”.
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Meanwhile, those at St James’ Park are eagerly awaiting news that they have finally been rid of their owner after a tumultuous 13-year tenure.
The Magpies are currently involved in a £300m takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium, subject to Premier League approval.
Much of the United faithful have reacted to these developments, criticising the top-flight for taking so long with their owners and directors test when Ashley clearly isn’t ‘fit and proper’ himself.
Whilst others are hardly surprised by the news.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter…
Fit and Proper owner @premierleague how did this conman pass ur test
— Greg O' Grady (@Peglegmacgreg) June 26, 2020
What a shock! I guess the empire is striking back.
— Joe in Kanazawa (@KumaYama100) June 26, 2020
— The E Wing Paddock (@speedypete68) June 26, 2020
— Darren Burton (@dazburton74) June 26, 2020
Fit and proper owner of a football club… 😳
— Michael Younger (@michaelyounger8) June 26, 2020
what a criminal
— Howay The lads (@HWTL_) June 26, 2020
— Paul Dodds (@Paul_Dodds) June 26, 2020
Mr Ashley is not Fit & Proper to run a football club.
— Jack De Berry (@mrjackdeberry) June 26, 2020
Love to see that smug grin wiped from his bracket
— Delboy E ⬛⬜⬛⬜ (@dedwards1892) June 26, 2020
@premierleague just incase you think PIF aren’t fit and proper
— Laurence Taylor ️⚽️⚫️⚪️🇬🇧🏴 (@laurence_1999) June 26, 2020
@premierleague your fit and proper test must have seriously been easy to pass back in the day
— Tom C (@TomCu86) June 26, 2020
Surprise surprise eh!
— Keith Anderson (@KeithAn69323868) June 26, 2020
The bloke is a crook, and belongs in jail.
— SteveM59 (@Istabraq33) June 26, 2020
Brilliant. Hope he goes to jail.
— Andy Rivers (@andy_rivs) June 26, 2020