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Fans furious by Mike Ashley’s statement – Jeff Stelling wants police to take action

Fans furious by Mike Ashley’s statement over Sports Direct, so much so that Jeff Stelling wants police to take action against him.

The owner of the Premier League side Newcastle United refused to all of his stores across the country after Boris Johnson’s speech on Monday evening.

The Prime Minister put forward a range of more stringent moves to try and minimise the spread and reduce the number of people who fall ill, with many potentially dying.

Boris ordered that only ‘essential’ shops should stay open and in an attempt to exploit a ‘grey area’, Ashley however wants his Sports Direct stores open, claiming they are ‘essential’ because ‘we are uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible during this crisis.’

Along with the rest of the general public, Jeff Stelling called out Mike Ashley for putting greed ahead of the safety and health.

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He said: “Seriously tried to stay quiet but for Sports Direct to say they are essential and will stay open is a disgrace. It helps jeopardise all of us. I suggest the police should enforce closure if every shop like this and there should be huge penalties against them for taking the piss. And you know what Sports Direct and everyone else. I am 65. I am scared. I want to be able to present Soccer Saturday in future. Please stop. Please do what you are asked. Just close down, stay home. Ok?”


The message to Frasers Group (formerly Sports Direct Group) staff read last night: “We stock a huge range of sports equipment for exercising at home from yoga mats, gym balls, skipping ropes, weights, indoor and outdoor trampolines, resistance bands through to bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, static exercise bikes, multigyms, fitness clothing and footwear in order for people to remain fit and healthy during this period of isolation, indeed home fitness is the number one trending topic on social media after coronavirus itself.

“Against the backdrop of the closure of gyms the demand for these types of products has increased exponentially as the population looks to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Consequently, we are uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible during this crisis and thus our Sports Direct and Evans Cycles stores will remain open where possible to allow us to do this (in accordance with the Government’s current social distancing guidance).

“There is no one else that has the range of product and range of stores to make this reasonably accessible for the whole population.”


After being told to close by the Government on Tuesday morning, Sports Direct have since confirmed they will not open its stores to the public in a surprisingly quick u-turn by the sportswear retailer.

Fans have been left furious by Mike Ashley’s statement…

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