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Sports Direct board denies knowledge of 'recording device' found by MPs

Sports Direct board denies knowledge of 'recording device' found by MPs Credit: Anna Turley MP/PA

Sports Direct bosses have insisted they had no knowledge of an undercover recording device which a group of MPs said they found during an unannounced visit to the firm's Derbyshire warehouse.

Members of the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said they discovered the miniature camera during what was supposed to be a private discussion at the end of their tour of the warehouse at Shirebrook on Monday.

However in a statement, the firm's board questioned the "veracity" of the device found by the MPs and insisted that it had not authorised its use.

Mr Ashley said he stood firmly behind the people of Sports Direct. Credit: PA Images

Sports Direct founder and chief executive Mike Ashley hit out at the committee which has been highly critical of the company's employment practices, accusing them of treating his workforce as a "political football".

The board is disappointed that reporting of a possible recording device (the veracity of which has yet to be determined) has overshadowed the truly important issues that this visit should have focused on - the true working conditions and worker satisfaction at Shirebrook.

The board would like to make it clear that it did not authorise or have any knowledge of the possible recording device.

– Sports Direct board statement

Mr Ashley added:

I stand firmly behind the people of Sports Direct, who through no fault of their own have been made a political football by MPs and unions.

– Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct and chief executive

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