Should our clubs be protected?
WHO really owns our football clubs?
It’s a question Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah MP is interested in.
And it’s placed her at odds with Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United.
Newcastle United is a private business, and in practice the owner can do whatever they like with it, within the law, just like the owners of any other business.
But to many people, the local football club is very different to a shop or factory. It’s part of the community, and its history is part of the history of the town or city it’s named after.
Many fans of the Magpies feel the club doesn’t only belong to Mr Ashley. It also belongs to them.
This is partly why Ms Onwurah speaks out about the way the club is managed. For example, she objected to it accepting sponsorship from payday loan company Wonga.
Now, TalkSport journal- ist Tony Incenzo has suggested clubs should officially be treated as “a protected community asset”, a bit like a listed building.
Ms Onwurah plans to raise the idea with the Government. She said on Twitter: “This is an interesting idea, I’ll see what the Minister says about it.” Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah