Mike Ashley and Newcastle United are once again in the headlines today and as always, where Ashley’s name is involved, there is controversy.
This time it comes from boxer, Lewis Ritson.
‘Mike Ashley Out!’
Ritson is currently British lightweight champion having won the title in October 2017.
Ritson is also a lifelong Newcastle United fan who, as part of his fight apparel, has a Newcastle United logo on his fight shorts.
But according to Ritson, Newcastle have been in touch with his manager to tell him he can not have any Newcastle logos on his clothes.
To which Ritson responded:
“Disappointed in NUFC, been intouch with my manager telling them a need to take all nufc logos off merchandise/clothes but happy for me to wear the logo when am live on TV, a team I’ve supported all my life and held a season ticket for 7 years when younger! Mike Ashley Out!”
Ritson then added:
“Would just like to add, I make no financial gain are profit from the tops/tracksuits, a put my sponsors on and Newcastle badge on because a love the club not to gain from it.”
Disappointed in NUFC, been intouch with my manager telling them a need to take all nufc logos off merchandise/clothes but happy for me to wear the logo when am live on TV, a team I’ve supported all my life and held a season ticket for 7 years when younger! Mike Ashley Out!
— Lewis Ritson (@lewis_ritson) September 24, 2018
Ritson’s father speaks out
The Chronicle have since shone some light on the situation.
According to their report, Newcastle will allow Ritson to wear the club badge on his own gear, which he makes no profit from.
But given that Ritson makes money on his replica gear and the replica gear also dons the NUFC badge, the club will not allow it on there as Ritson does not have a licence to make money from their logo.
Ritson’s dad has also had his say on the situation:
“We are disappointed, but there’s not a lot we can do. Our focus remains on the fight.
“There’s been a lot of interest in the merchandise. I’m told, and hopefully fans will still want to buy them even without the badge on. The badge on it was just a nice touch. Something that added to Lewis’ identity and who he is as a person.”