Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has denied making an obscene gesture towards supporters who were protesting outside of a restaurant during planned talks between the club's hierarchy and squad.
Mike Ashley then appears to give two-fingered V sign to fans as he is driven away. pic.twitter.com/HkSgXmQcIA— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) October 3, 2018
Following the meal at an Italian restaurant, Ashley was met by roughly a dozen Newcastle supporters who were protesting against the 54-year-old's ownership.
After making the short walk to his car, cameras panned round to try and get a glimpse of the Magpies owner. It was here that Ashley appeared to make a V-sign in the direction of the fans outside of the restaurant.
"Mike did not give a V-sign to fans," a spokesperson for Ashley told the Sun. "It is obvious from the accompanying photos that he is smiling and enjoying the evening.
Mike Ashley leaves Ponteland restaurant after talks with Rafa Benitez. Fans on hand to demand “where’s the money gone?”. Police present. pic.twitter.com/ND8aUOMk9y— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) October 3, 2018