Newcastle United fans on Twitter are not happy after the club announced they would be competing in the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy.
The Magpies will be joined in the biennial pre-season tournament by current reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This year’s edition of the tournament is designed to give Asian fans a rare close-up view of their favourite Premier League teams and stars.
The tournament will take place on mainland China in mid-July.
It’s the second time that Newcastle are competing in the competition and the first time in 16 years, but not all supporters are pleased about it.
One of the fanbase’s main issues is that their team are not yet safe from relegation to the Sky Bet Championship, currently a mere seven points above the bottom three, whilst another is that they see the venture as one more way for controversial owner Mike Ashley to line his pockets.
Check out those and some other negative reactions from the Toon Army below…
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Errrr does this mean we can’t get relegated then? ??
— Steven (@stevenpichet) March 26, 2019
I’d rather we keep our routine of going to Ireland it’s worked for us the past few seasons
— ASHLEY OUT (@Ashley__OUT) March 26, 2019
— Hilmy Lightning Shawwal (@shawwal_96) March 26, 2019
Not sure trips like these benefits clubs like ours:
2017-2018 Relegated Sides
Swansea – America (GMT -5)
West Brom – Asia (GMT +8)
Last time NUFC were relegated? Preseason in USA (GMT -6 & -8)
Another business decision where MA’s pockets comes before the club ???♂️?#NUFC
— Josh Moffet (@JoshMoffet17) March 26, 2019
Mike ashley right now! pic.twitter.com/cyUHhQPXOI
— Jordon (@greggas90) March 26, 2019
If Rafa stays he definitely won’t be happy about this
— Jonny Gray (@jgray2706) March 26, 2019
Were stepping in the right direction, becoming what we were 10-15 years ago⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— ⍨ (@Lxngstaff) March 26, 2019
Wait a second, what if we got relegated?
— Dell ⚪⚫ (@agbnufc) March 26, 2019