By Noel Whelan

10th Jun, 2020 | 11:31am

Exclusive: Pundit tears into 'Scandalous' Mike Ashley after key Newcastle development

Noel Whelan has torn into Mikey Ashley as Newcastle United season ticket holders await decision on whether they will be refunded for games they cannot attend this season.

The former Leeds United and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed “it is scandalous” to not refund fans for fixtures that are scheduled to be played behind closed doors.

The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust sent a letter to the club two weeks ago asking if season ticket holders would be refunded for games played behind closed doors.

However, the club’s hierarchy has given no answers to their supporters despite the BBC requesting comment and derby rivals Sunderland announcing a rebate would be available to their fans.

Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, is currently in the process of selling the club to an Amanda Staveley-led consortium with the required documentation with the Premier League.

Whelan was appalled at the behaviour of the club and urged for refunds to be issued as quickly as possible to “deserving” supporters.

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“It is symbolic of how the club has been ran under Ashley,” he told Football Insider.

“After everything the fans do at Newcastle, the passion they show week in, week out – this is why they need new ownership.

“Mike Ashley is not giving the fans the credit and respect that they deserve.

“During this epidemic we are talking about people losing their jobs and how they are going to get through week to week and that is just despicable. Football is an expensive hobby.

“For someone who has so much money, to treat people in that manner, people that have put money in his pocket every week – it is scandalous.” 

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider PL sides will offer midfielder the deal he wants after Sky reveal.