A Newcastle United fans group is seeking further clarity over the club's alleged plans to sell a lease on land next to St James' Park.
The 125-year lease, on land opposite the Gallogate end, was purchased from Nexus in 1998 under the Sir John Hall and Freddie Shepherd regime for potential ground expansion in the future.
Newcastle United Supporters Trust says the club's current owner, Mike Ashley, is attempting to privately sell the lease. It's understood the land could then be developed for either a hotel or student accommodation.
NUST Chairman, Norman Watson, has written to Newcastle City Council to request further details under the Freedom of Information Act.
Sports Direct, which is owned by Mike Ashley, has announced that its profits are rising. They were up by 14.6% in the 13 weeks ending on 26 January 2014, totalling £280.7 million.
Here are some of the key figures in more detail:
Sales for the 13 weeks ending 26 January 2014 were up 11.2% to £655.4m
Sports Retail sales in the 13 week period increased 6.9% to £529.9m
Premium Lifestyle sales in the period were up 52.5% to £71.2m
The Brands division revenue increased by 15.5% to £54.3m
“Despite tougher comparisons during the period, Sports Retail continues to perform well driven by our on-going focus on exceptional quality, unbeatable value and availability. Online also performed strongly with non-UK online gross profit contribution expected to be greater than the UK equivalent by the end of this financial year."
– Dave Forsey, Chief Executive of Sports Direct International plc
The company will release their preliminary results on 17 July 2014.
The chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore, has been urged to act as a mediator between Newcastle United and three local newspapers, who have been banned from all the club's media events.
Journalists from the Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun were told they were not welcome at press conferences at St James' Park. Manager Alan Pardew was even stopped from answering their questions after the weekend's derby away at Sunderland. The club is unhappy with what it feels is unfair coverage.
Post-match, Alan Pardew sitting between a press officer and an NCJ journalist as they tried to clarify the situation of whether or not questions can be asked. The journalist was told to ask his editor for clarification.