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Newcastle fans react as Matt Ritchie defends Mike Ashley

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Newcastle fans react as Matt Ritchie defends Mike Ashley

Newcastle United star Matt Ritchie has lept to the defence of owner Mike Ashley, and some fans are not happy.

The 29-year-old has given a controversial interview to talkSPORT in which he says he does not understand the unrest at the club.

Ashley may have bought big this summer with Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin joining the club, but in the eyes of almost every Magpies supporter, the billionaire is not fit to run the club.

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Ritchie said of the 54-year-old (quoted by The Chronicle): “I don’t understand the unrest – I’ve got to be honest. The club’s gone out, spent money.

“We’re pushing, trying to compete with the teams we can compete with and you have to be real.

“To compete at the top of the Premier League now is mega, mega money – I think the owner has been honest in his interviews in the press and said he can’t go and compete with them.”

Ritchie also added that he would not retract his comments about a ‘poor atmosphere’ against Manchester United at St. James’ Park last season.

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£45,000-a-week player Ritchie (Spotrac) has taken an absolutely huge risk by saying what he has said and for many, his comments are totally ignorant.

Newcastle fans react

There was a small amount of support for the Englishman, but the overwhelming majority were furious to hear a player speaking seemingly without any regard for the entirety of Ashley’s stint at the club:

 

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