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MP Chi Onwurah petitions parliament re Newcastle United FC

PETITION: MP Chi Onwurah wants MPs to urge the government to take action against football club owners

LABOUR MP Chi Onwurah has presented a petition to parliament calling for the House of Commons to urge the government to take action against football club owners who exploit fans.

The MP for Newcastle Central wore black and white, the colours of Newcastle United Football Club when she presented the petition in the House of Commons.

Onwurah believes that football is woven into the Geordie spirit and that a lack of commitment to investing in Newcastle United FC has a negative impact on the social and economic fabric of Newcastle and Tyneside.

Presenting the petition in the House of Commons, Onwurah said: “The petition 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 economically 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.

“Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons urge the government 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 Football Club.”

On Twitter, Onwurah wrote: “Privileged to be able to speak for so many #NUFC fans when I presented my petition last night (wearing black & white!)”

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