Following Newcastle United’s decision to ban The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards from having any kind of access at the club as well as the statement made online accusing him and his newspaper of lying about the issue of Mike Ashley’s dual ownership of our club and Rangers Football Club and its impact upon future involvement in UEFA competitions, Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust has decided to contact UEFA and the football authorities as well as the Secretary of State for Sport to raise the matter.
The correspondence is enclosed here for your interest. Also enclosed is the relevant UEFA regulations and we would draw your attention in particular to Article 3 dealing with the integrity of UEFA competitions as it relates to participation within UEFA competitions.
The Trust is not in any position to state categorically whether the club will or won’t be prevented from participating in UEFA competitions because of Mike Ashley’s dual involvement in Newcastle United and Rangers but we do feel given the explicit statements of the rules as well as the facts as we understand them regarding Mr Ashley and both clubs that there is a definite question to be asked.
It is the Trust’s position that the response from UEFA to Luke Edwards questions regarding dual ownership was less than clear and we are now seeking some clarity on a matter which is of concern to us and questions how the club’s participation in every competition it enters which has UEFA competition as a prize is impacted upon by Mr Ashley’s interest in Rangers FC.
We will keep you updated with all responses.
UEFA Regulations – Full Document