Chi Onwurah MP presents petition to Parliament on Football Club Ownership and the deep concerns surrounding Newcastle United
Today Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, will present a petitionto Parliament to highlight the widespread lack of confidence in the ownership of Newcastle United FC.
“ Fans and supporters of Newcastle United want to see our manger Rafa Bentez given the backing and resources needed for the team to compete effectively in the premiership.
“ They have complained to me that they do not see any sign of owner Mike Ashley being committed to supporting Rafa and providing the funding needed to build a really strong team.
Ms Onwurah believes football is woven into the Geordie spirit and so lack of commitment to investing in the team undermines the social and economic fabric of Newcastle and Tyneside.
She believes it is never too late and owner Mike Ashley should now show his appreciation ofRafa Benitez, Newcastle and Tyneside by investing in players, club facilities and the wider community.
Football club ownership
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of the people of Newcastle upon Tyne Central,
Declares that football is an integral part of Newcastle upon Tyne’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing; notes that fans of Newcastle United are heavily invested both financially and emotionally in the success of the team; further that the current manager Rafa Benitez needs the support of both fans and the club’s owner; further that this support should include investment in players, training facilities and community engagement; and further that the owner Mike Ashley has not made this support forthcoming.
The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to take action to prevent unscrupulous football club owners from exploiting the clubs, their fans and local communities, with particular reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United FC.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.